Alex De Minaur showing no Aussie Open hangover in Rotterdam Open as he bemoans missing Katie Boulter

Ian Chadband
The Nightly
Alex de Minaur has eased into the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open with a win over David Gofin. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS)
Alex de Minaur has eased into the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open with a win over David Gofin. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP

Alex de Minaur was bemoaning this week how difficult it was to have to spend Valentine’s Day away from his girlfriend Katie Boulter, the British No.1, because of their separate tennis schedules.

“That’s the tough part of the tennis tours, that we didn’t get to spend some of these special days together,” de Minaur had noted ruefully in an interview with the ATP, saying how he had fancied a romantic dinner.

The lovelorn Australian No.1 was happy to take out his frustrations on David Goffin at the Rotterdam Open.

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In a clinical Valentine’s Day massacre-style win, but de Minaur’s 6-3 6-1 victory over the outplayed Belgian was comprehensive enough.

It was another illustration that the 24-year-old seems perfectly refreshed after his crushing five-set, last-16 defeat to Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open just when it appeared he was about to make it to his second grand slam quarter-final.

De Minaur’s last-16 win in the ATP 500 hard-court event over the 33-year-old former top-10 player was even more convincing than his victory over Sebastian Korda in the previous round.

He cracked 12 winners and produced only eight unforced errors in his 82-minute victory, winning 69 per cent of his first-serve points and breaking the Belgian’s serve six times.

Katie Boulter and Alex De Minaur during their mixed doubles match on day five of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2023. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Katie Boulter and Alex De Minaur during their mixed doubles match on day five of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships last July. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images) Credit: Adam Davy - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

It wasn’t completely flawless - de Minaur did give up a couple of breaks in the opening set - but it set him neatly for a quarter-final rematch with his Melbourne Park conqueror Rublev, who overcame Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-5.

Having had the briefest taste of crashing into the world’s top-10 in January, de Minaur - currently back down at 11 - is hoping for a good run this week to drag himself back among the elite.

New Australian Open champ Jannik Sinner was quickly back into his stride, beating Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-3 to make the last-16.

Runner-up in Rotterdam last year, Sinner is hot favourite to go one better this time, although he says his Melbourne Park success has heaped new expectations on him.

“It’s a little bit different (playing as a grand slam champion) and you have to be prepared for your opponents to know you better and know your weaknesses more,” the 22-year-old said after winning for the 25th time in his last 27 matches, including the last 11 in a row.

“You have to be prepared to work hard and be ready.”

The Italian will play French wildcard Gael Monfils, who defeated Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5).

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