Alex de Minaur is through to the semifinal after a 7-6(4) 6-3 victory over fellow Australian, Jordan Thompson on Thursday evening.
In the first set, de Minaur was up a break, but Thompson was able to break back to level the score at 5 all. Both men then held, resulting in a tiebreak. Thompson was leading 4-1, but de Minaur dominated, winning all the next points until he won the tiebreak 7-4. Following the match, de Minaur said that the drop in his game that allowed Thompson to temporarily lead was due to a “lapse in concentration.” de Minaur felt that he deviated a little from his game, and had a fall in energy. This is something that he wants to work on and prevent happening again in the future.
The second set began with exchanges of serve until de Minaur broke in the eighth game, to lead 5-3. He then successfully served for the match.
de Minaur said that “it’s never easy coming out and playing a fellow Australian and a guy that I’ve grown up with, someone that I’ve looked up to as an older brother.” Despite this, he is happy with his win and proud of his efforts. de Minaur hopes that another fellow Australian, John Millman will also survive his quarter-final match to set up another all Aussie showdown in the semi-finals. Millman is set to play no. 4 seed, Gilles Simon of France tonight, but rain has suspended play, and the match preceding them is yet to be completed.
Update: Gilles Simon defeated John Millman 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3). The match ended at 1:33 am and was watched by a near capacity crowd out on court no. 1.