Demon's defiant pledge after breakthrough AO run

3 months ago

Alex de Minaur conscionable carved retired the astir awesome Australian summertime of tennis of his vocation yet, but that hasn't altered the Sydneysider's goals for the remainder of the 2022 season.

De Minaur fell to Italian satellite No.10 Jannik Sinner successful the 4th circular of the Australian Open, exiting the Melbourne Park large successful a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-4 decision astatine Rod Laver Arena.

But the 22-year-old hadn't ever progressed to the last 16 of an Australian Open earlier this year's tournament; a extremity the satellite No.42 met successful a 6-4 6-4 6-2 triumph implicit Spanish satellite No.83 Pablo Andujar.

LIVE UPDATES: Tsitsipas hits tribunal for fourth-round duel

READ MORE: Kyrgios, Kokkinakis uncover details of locker country fight

READ MORE: Legend's brutal service for satellite No.3's lame exit

Alex de Minaur made a defiant pledge aft exiting the Australian Open. (AP)

When de Minaur was asked successful his property league aft the nonaccomplishment to Sinner if his breakthrough run had seen his "goals for this twelvemonth change", helium gave a defiant answer.

"No, due to the fact that I knew I had this successful me," de Minaur said.

"You know, I knew I'd enactment successful the enactment to truly travel retired present and perform. So the goals benignant of enactment the same. I inactive privation to support improving, support striving to get the astir retired of myself. That's ne'er going to change.

"That's conscionable the idiosyncratic I am, and successful a mode it's however I've gotten to wherever I person gotten, conscionable by perpetually pushing myself.

"So we'll bespeak connected what I did well, what I tin inactive improve, and we spell again until the adjacent tournament."

'Incredible' Jannik victor leaves Demon applauding

De Minaur revealed that February's Rotterdam Open was apt to beryllium his adjacent tournament.

"It's a agelong year, the Aussie tennis year. We commencement archetypal of Jan. and there's a bully accidental we volition beryllium going connected until precocious November, adjacent possibly aboriginal December," de Minaur said.

"It's a agelong year, but my hopes and goals are to support astatine slightest my cognition and my mindset passim the full year, oregon effort to.

"It's easier said than done, but that's the focus."

De Minaur bushed Lorenzo Musetti, Kamil Majchrzak and Andujar successful the archetypal 3 rounds of the Australian Open.

For a regular dose of the champion of the breaking quality and exclusive contented from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!

Australian Open successful pictures: 'Showboaty' Nick Kyrgios takes unthinkable swipe astatine no-fun brigade