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Australia’s hopes of making it to the quarterfinals of the United Cup were raised on Monday when Alex de Minaur defeated Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2 to give his country a 1-0 lead in their Group C match against the United States.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Alex de Minaur of Team Australia celebrates winning a game in his singles match against Taylor Fritz of Team USA during day four of the 2024 United Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2024 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australia’s only chance of advancing to one of the two quarterfinals of the tournament, which will take place in Perth, is to defeat the United States after losing their opening match against Great Britain. After defeating Great Britain 2-1 on Sunday, the reigning champion United States will move on to the quarterfinals if it can come back to defeat Australia.

De Minaur declared, “Today was a new year, new me.” “I’m thrilled with my performance because I was in a great frame of mind and played the tennis I wanted to be playing.

Taylor has a lot of powerful weapons, so you can’t let him rule. I had the mentality to dominate the point by taking any opportunity to take it to him from the first ball. Although it doesn’t always work out, today it did.

In front of boisterous Australian supporters at the RAC Arena, de Minaur faced World No. 10 Fritz in their eighth meeting of the Lexus ATP Head2Head series. Minaur played aggressive, front-foot tennis. After an hour and thirty-four minutes, he won by rushing the American and taking the ball early off both wings. In career meetings, the 24-year-old now has a 5-3 lead over Fritz.

Now up to 14 wins in the Top 10 Pepperstone ATP Rankings, de Minaur is encouraged on by captain Lleyton Hewitt. Later on Monday, Ajla Tomljanovic will compete against Jessica Pegula in the women’s singles.

De Minaur is well-known for his quickness and dexterity on the court, earning him the amusing moniker “Speed Demon” among his peers.

He is renowned for his ability to force opponents into making mistakes or retrieve balls that look impossible and hit winners from defensive positions. Though some have questioned the long-term physical toll it could take on his body, his footwork and court coverage are among the best on tour. Despite this, he has a sizable fan base for a young player because of his perseverance, “never say die” mentality, and intensity on the court.

His baseline style of play is ideal for counterpunching; he frequently retrieves balls and builds points gradually. To surprise opponents, he can also introduce unexpected speed into rallies. When serving, he frequently uses a one-two combination, ending points swiftly with the serve and a forceful groundstroke. When attacking, he frequently uses his forehand, which is much superior to his backhand, to build points or hit winners.

With a comparatively high double fault rate and a first and second serve that are both noticeably weaker than those of his opponents, De Minaur’s serve is thought to be his biggest area of weakness in the game. For opponents, it serves as their primary point of attack. Although they were once another one of his weaknesses, his volleys have since improved and are now more of a transitional offensive weapon.

Critics point out that de Minaur lacks effective weapons to use against elite opponents, despite his defensive prowess. Because he frequently plays himself out of aggressive positions, some have claimed that his defensive game is not strong enough to challenge better players and is not physically sustainable over the long run.

 

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