Antalya champion De Minaur looks ahead after ‘dark times’ in 2020

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Alex de Minaur took over in 2021 with a strong performance at the Antalya Open for his fourth TBEN title.

“I feel like I’ve improved everything,” the Australian admitted on Wednesday after his final victory over Alexander Bublik. “I worked on body and mind to bring it to the best, which is my goal. Being able to push them and get stronger is my goal. I don’t want to have a good result every now and then. I want good results every week. I can lose to the best, because they are too good, but I don’t want to have bad losses.

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The 21-year-old will fly to Australia from Dubai on Thursday after winning his first tour-level title since September 29, 2019 at the Zhuhai Championships (d.

“It’s more about fine tuning now,” he said, turning to the Australian summer swing. “All the adjustments and preparation took place during the preseason. I’m going to look back this week and see what I can improve on, so play my best tennis at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. “

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De Minaur reached his first quarter-final of the Grand Slam championship at the US Open (left to Thiem) last year, but admitted that 2020 had been a difficult year for him.

“2020 has been a difficult year. I got my best result in a Slam, but it was still a dark time and mentally I was not feeling well, ”said De Minaur. “I played a few games together and got my best result [in New York], so it was something to be proud of. But 2020, as a whole, I had a lot of expectations and that fueled the thirst to make 2021 better.

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“I knew I had a great preseason, I felt good and ready to compete. I gave myself the best possible chance to deepen this tournament. I have games at the start of the year. I am very happy with my level. I have had some quality wins and now I can’t wait to go back to Australia where I hope to have a good Australian summer in front of a local crowd.

De Minaur, who represented Australia in last year’s inaugural ATP Cup, is now 4-4 in the TBEN final.

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