Alex de Minaur has acted quickly to downplay any suggestions of him believing Novak Djokovic isn’t as injured as he is letting on.
The Aussie cut a frustrated figure on Monday night when he was asked about Djokovic’s hamstring injury.
« I don’t know. You tell me how you thought he looked out there. Playing him, I thought he was moving pretty well, » he told reporters after the match.
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« Everyone’s seeing what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks. It’s the only thing everyone’s been talking about.
« Today I was out there on the court against him. Either I’m not a good enough tennis player to expose that or … it looked good to me.
« He was just too good in all aspects. »
However, he struck a different tone on Tuesday, taking to social media to clarify his comments from the press conference.
« I hate how media will always create controversy and takes things out of context to make a headline, » de Minaur wrote in a tweet.
« Got outplayed and outclassed yesterday. How about we focus on the tennis for once.
« I will get back to work and improve you can count on that. Thank you Australia. »
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While de Minaur was disappointed with how his comments were perceived, Djokovic made it clear that there was an edge between the two players when he spoke to Serbian media after the match.
The 21-time grand slam winner was unrepentant about his ruthless straight sets takedown of the Aussie, hinting he had been upset by an interview de Minaur had given 12 months earlier, and adding that the pair had « no relationship ».
The fourth round exit at the hands of Djokovic was de Minaur’s second in a row at Melbourne Park after being sent packing by Jannik Sinner at the same stage last year.
De Minaur was also beaten in the fourth round at Wimbledon. He has only advanced to the quarter finals once in his career, at the US Open in 2020.
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