On a tennis court 2020 has been an up and down year for Alex de Minaur. The Aussie was absolutely incredible at the ATP Cup in Australia which feels like a lifetime ago now.
Unfortunately for Alex who played out of his skin during the ATP Cup and abdominal tear forced him out of the Australian Open and hadn’t been seen since this trip to New York.
This trip to New York has been fantastic for Alex, he was the top ranked Australian following no Nick Kyrgios or Ash Barty who opted to stay home for now and not travel and he’s played solid tennis.
What I’ve always like about Alex’ game is that he plays to his strengths, respects his opponents game but also knows he can upset their rhythm and it’s helped propel him to his first Grand Slam quarter final.
It was about this time last year at Flushing Meadows when Alex got his first top ten win against Nishikori as he made that first big breakthrough on a big stage with a big performance against the former finalist.
I’ve felt for Alex he has to try and impose himself more into his opponents game and Dominic Thiem will come into their quarter final with some pressure on his shoulders. Dominic even said himself it’s weird without the Big Three and now he is basically the oldest player in the draw.
I like a lot of Dominic Thiem’s game, I think he adapts incredibly well to how his opponents play as well. He builds with intent right from the off in each point depending on his return position, shot selection and what he does on his serve too.
I liked that he went pretty big after his own serve against Felix and opened up the court with his forehand into the Auger-Aliassime backhand and it nullified the teenager who did have a very good week.
Thiem does lead the head to head at 2-0 but they haven’t played for a couple of years and their first meeting was in 2017 at Flushing Meadows in the first round where Thiem won 6-4 6-1 6-1.