Monday, January 30, 2023

Australian Open news | Alex de Minaur on course to play Novak Djokovic in fourth round

By Chris De Silva and Simon Chapman

Alex De Minaur might be glued to the tv on Saturday evening to see whether or not he’ll face Novak Djokovic in a fourth round fixture at this 12 months’s Australian Open.

De Minaur cruised previous French participant Benjamin Bonzi at Rod Laver Enviornment, profitable 7-6, 6-2, 6-1 to proceed a purple patch for the twenty second seed.

That win has arrange a possible showdown with 22-time grand slam winner and fourth seed Djokovic, with solely twenty seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov standing in the Serbian star’s approach of a date with the Aussie.

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“I’m going to have my popcorn prepared,” mentioned de Minaur after his win, referring to the Djokovic-Dimitrov Saturday evening conflict in addition to the prime time match of fellow Aussie Alexei Popyrin.

“I might be switching between channels for positive.”

After securing his personal spot in the fourth round, de Minaur needs to see his compatriot Popyrin be part of him there.

Popyrin will take on American Ben Shelton on Saturday evening, and de Minaur has implored the followers to pack out the stadium for that a lot.

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Popyrin returns to John Cain Enviornment, which was the location of the Sydneysider’s epic win over eighth seed Taylor Fritz who he beat 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2.

“I hope everybody that was on this court docket proper now’s going to go and assist Alexei Popyrin,” mentioned de Minuaur after his third round win over Benjamin Bonzi.

“I imply, let’s go. That is what we do. Us Aussies, we stick collectively. We have got a vivid future forward and let’s get Pop over the road at this time.”

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