Aussie tennis ace Alex de Minaur has produced a rarely seen shot in his heartbreaking loss to new World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz in a dramatic Queen's final. De Minaur has been in terrific form since entering the tennis grass court season having defeated Danish youngster Holger Rune to set-up an epic showdown with Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the final of the Wimbledon warm-up event.
Unfortunately, de Minaur wasn't able to stop the Spaniard from making history with Alcaraz winning a tough battle 6-4, 6-4. While the Aussie wasn't able to win his first Queen's title of his career, he was able to leave the Spaniard and fans in utter disbelief after arguably one of the shots of the year contenders.
In the first set, de Minaur was pressing the action trying to disrupt the rhythm of Alcaraz. De Minaur had him on the run and approached the net. Alcaraz dug deep and forced a lob, which prompted de Minaur to hit a return over his back to keep the point alive.
Alcaraz then attempted a strong passing forehand to win the point. And in an incredible moment, de Minaur anticipated the forehand and took the brunt of the power off with a delicate drop-shot volley.
The ball looped into the air, but as Alcaraz charged towards the net to finish the point, the ball spun back onto de Minaur's side. "Oh, incredible stuff and it had to be. Because he was under extreme pressure. But how about this for a drop volley," the commentator said.
De Minuar's volley was so impressive it even prompted Alcaraz to lean over the net and hand the Aussie a high-five as the crowd cheered on in disbelief. De Minaur produced another unbelievable running shot later on, which saw him pass Alcaraz at full-stretch.
Alcaraz again was left frustrated with the Aussie's speed around the court, which makes him so dangerous on grass. Fans were quick to praise the Aussie for producing one of the shots of the year.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 25, 2023
What a shot from De Minaur.
How fast is this guy?
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 25, 2023
— ATP Tour (@atptour) June 25, 2023
The drop volley from Alex De Minaur is absolutely sensational WHAT A SHOT the best of the whole tournament IMO it was perfection! 🤩👇 https://t.co/ir4ix4Mcyd
— FPL_Luke (@LukeConlaund4) June 25, 2023
That is so lovely !! I love these great set of players we have atm ( pardon the pun ) 🥰
— Deb🖤🤍🍒 (@DebBurnettSmith) June 25, 2023
Alex De Minaur finds form before Wimbledon
For Alcaraz, the win marks his fifth title in 2023, which equals Daniil Medvedev's current charge. He also regains the World No.1 ranking having lost it to Novak Djokovic after the Serbian won Roland Garros.
As for de Minaur, he fell short of equalling Lleyton Hewitt's feat of winning one of the most-prized tennis tournaments, which the three-time grand slam champ achieved 17 years ago. Regardless, it marks a strong start to his Wimbledon charge and having already confirmed a top-16 seeding, the Aussie No.1 is confident he can make the second week.
"Overall, a great week, feeling confident, now on to Wimby," de Minaur said. "The positive for the week for me has been my mentality, my mindset, how calm I have been on the court and how I have backed myself at every stage. When I'm in that kind of mindset and attitude, I can beat anyone.
"Even if things don't go my way, I'm content because I know I left it all out there and I try to play the way that I want to play. That's a big positive for me coming into Wimbledon.
"Any time I step out on a grass court, I'm very confident. It's a part of the year I really enjoy. I think it suits my game really well. I can find a lot of my opponents' weaknesses and exploit them."
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