The Minaur dazzles Brits with Wimbledon run

Alex de Minaur is embracing the role of his fan favorite as an honorary Brit as he sees a coveted Wimbledon quarter-final spot – and perhaps more – after cracking the second week for the first time.

Australia’s 19th seed continues to win the English crowd, even after breaking British hearts for the second round with a 6-3 6-4 7-5 dispatch of local wildcard Liam Broady on Saturday.

Dating British tennis player Katie Boulter’s new darling, the 23-year-old is fast becoming a cult figure due to his humble nature, love and respect for the home heroine and, last but not least, his high-octane game. .

And the Minaur hopes to see the wave of sentimental support throughout the second week.

“It was obviously difficult playing against two Brits, but I did everything I could and I was made to feel a very warm welcome,” said de Minaur after confirming his exciting second-round comeback win over Jack Draper with a number 1 court clinic against Broady.

“I just appreciate that and hopefully I can keep it up and get an even bigger audience in the coming games.

“Yes, I will certainly take all the support I can get.

“I’m quite happy with the position I’m in right now, so hopefully I can keep it going.”

Boulter touted De Minaur as an inspiration before taking the biggest second-round win of her career, ousting last year’s Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova.

But a de Minaur in love said it was a pleasure for him to play a part in the tournament’s love match.

“I’m so proud of what she’s been able to do,” he said.

“Not many people know how strong she is, as a person, as a character, how much she has been able to handle in her young career.

“Not just free time, the time she has had a lot of injuries in her career.

“She hasn’t played that much on tour in a long time, just because of injuries and other things that happened in her life. So I think she’s just an incredibly strong person.”

De Minaur also proves to be an incredibly tough opponent on London’s famed lawns and has a huge chance of beating the quarter-finals when he faces unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin in the last-16 on Monday.

“This has always been a goal of mine for a while, to try and make the second week of slams,” said the world No. 27 whose only last-eight appearance at a major came at the 2020 US Open.

“I feel like I’ve shown a great level all year round, but when it came to slams I didn’t show my best tennis or I haven’t been able to get through that kind of first week of slams.

“Just being able to get through the first week is the most important thing. It doesn’t have to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be flawless.

“But once you’re in a second week of a slam, you get closer to the target and put yourself in positions where now all the stress is gone and you can go out and play and stay loose.

“These are the positions I’ve really tried to get and put myself there and give myself a chance, play against these top guys and who knows what could happen.”

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