DeMinaur Downed By Devastating Dominic

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Alex de Minaur

Austrian title favourite Dominic Thiem has ruthlessly ended Alex de Minaur’s US Open campaign with a crushing straight-sets quarter-final win in New York.

Thiem needed a tick over two hours to send Australia’s last hope packing with a 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory that further underlined the 27-year-old’s championship credentials.

Runner-up to Novak Djokovic in a controversial five-set Australian Open final in January, world No.3 Thiem is the highest-ranked player left in the draw.

He next faces Russian third seed and 2019 finalist Daniil Medvedev on Saturday for a place in the final for the first time at Flushing Meadows.

De Minaur was dejected with his maiden grand slam last-eight showing but must quickly pick up the pieces and turn his attention to the second major of the year, the rescheduled French Open starting on September 27.

“Obviously the way I’m feeling now, it’s just disappointed with the way my US Open campaign has finished,” de Minaur said.

“I would have loved to put more of a fight.

“He played at a very high level and I wasn’t able to lift mine up to meet his.

“Still got lots of, lots of things to work on. I guess that’s an upside.”

The 21-year-old will be Australia’s best hope on the Roland Garros clay after women’s world No.1 Ashleigh Barty this week opted against defending her crown during the coronavirus pandemic.

De Minaur is projected to rise one spot in the rankings to world No.27 after bettering his career-best grand slam run by one round in New York.

He had hoped to go toe-to-toe with Thiem – and at times he did – but the baseline slugger and dual French Open finalist was too solid.

 

 

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