Alex de Minaur has opened up in regards to the despair of being in isolation and hopes the “darkish” days of 2020 will drive him to new ranges in 2021.
De Minaur has already made a lightning begin to the brand new season, touchdown the fourth ATP title of his profession in Turkey.
The Australian No.1’s good begin to the yr got here after he gatecrashed the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the primary time final September in New York.
However the 21-year-old says his run to the US Open final eight could not make up for the torture of being in lockdown alone at his Spanish base for months on finish as coronavirus wrought havoc.
“2020 was a tricky yr. Clearly I had my finest outcome at a slam however it does not really feel like my finest achievement,” de Minaur instructed AAP when requested why final yr was such a wrench.
“It was nonetheless a darkish time. I wasn’t feeling nice. It was simply mentally, I would not say my finest efficiency.
“I ended up placing a few matches collectively and I had my finest outcome. It is nonetheless one thing to be pleased with however nonetheless 2020 as a complete, I might say I had a whole lot of expectations for it and … look, it is simply fuelling the starvation for 2021, to make it even higher.”
De Minaur has another week in quarantine in Melbourne – capable of go away his resort room solely to coach – and may’t wait to get his “freedom again”.
“I am certain that may really feel superb,” he stated, eyeing an additional climb up the rankings from No.23 on the earth.
“I’ve bought my purpose in my head of the place I wish to be when 2021 finally ends up, however it’s a purpose that I do not wish to say out loud.
“It is a purpose that me and my crew had and it is a sturdy begin. Realistically I wish to hold pushing myself up the rankings, hold placing myself on the finish of weeks and hold pushing these prime guys.
“That is the place I consider I needs to be and the place I wish to be and I will do all the pieces I can to get there.”
The second-youngest participant within the prime 25 says he spent a lot of the prolonged pre-season engaged on his physique and thoughts.
“Working to take it to the highest guys, to have the ability to push these prime guys,” he stated.
“So which means hitting the ball a bit larger, being a bit extra aggressive, getting a bit stronger – this stuff – till it turns into simply pure.
“I do not need simply to be having a very good outcome once in a while. I wish to be bringing my stage each single week.”
De Minaur missed final yr’s Australian Open with an stomach tear, an damage he picked up whereas main Australia to the ATP Cup semi-finals.
He’ll once more spearhead Lleyton Hewitt’s line-up subsequent week in Melbourne earlier than returning for one more tilt at his residence slam.
“Hopefully I could be taking part in my finest tennis on the ATP Cup and the Aussie Open,” de Minaur stated.