Alex de Minaur made a winning Laver Cup debut following a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 win over Andy Murray in two hours and 27 minutes! The Aussie came back from a set down and prevailed in the match tie break to hand over the first point for Team World and cut their deficit to 2-1.
Andy and Alex kept the court entertained at London’s O2 Arena ahead of one of the most remarkable matches in tennis history, as Roger Federer ends his career with Rafael Nadal by his side. De Minaur and Murray pushed each other to the limit, with the Australian winning a point more than the Brit.
The first set lasted over 80 minutes and Andy took two breaks to prevail.
Alex de Minaur defeated Andy Murray in three sets.
Alex rallied in set number two and stole the opponent’s serve twice to gain momentum and force a decider.
The young gun controlled the pace in the tiebreak of the match to earn his first Laver Cup victory and lead the blue team on the scoreboard. The Aussie managed a break in the first game of the encounter after a lengthy exchange and a forehand winner.
De Minaur saved a break point in game six to stay in front before Murray broke him at love at 2-3 after a loose forehand from Alex. The remaining games turned into open warfare between two baseline warriors, with plenty of deuces and points spread.
The Australian served to stay in the set at 5-6 and wasted no less than five game points. The Brit stayed in touch and converted the second set point when his opponent double faulted for 7-5 in 81 minutes! Alex got his game back in the second set and served well early on to keep the pressure on Andy.
Murray double-faulted in the third game to give serve away and fall behind. De Minaur saved two break chances in game eight to carve out a 5-3 lead and grabbed her second break a few minutes later for 6-3 and momentum.
Alex claimed two early mini-breaks in the match tie-break 5-3. Andy kept coming, but couldn’t take another step and level the score. Murray hit a big shot winner at 6-8 to extend the battle before De Minaur earned two match points on a service winner. The Aussie fired another unreturned serve at 9-7 to seal the deal and celebrate victory.