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Newcombe Medalist cites positive mindset after breakthrough season

Fresh off winning his first Newcombe Medal, teenage tennis star Alex De Minaur is excited to be back in Australia ahead of the Australian Open.

Both the 19-year-old and Ash Barty were jointly awarded the honour in Melbourne on Monday night and De Minaur, who is now ranked 31st in the world and said his mindset was key to him rocketing up the rankings in 2018.

“Once I step out on court, I’m ready to leave it all out there and do whatever it takes,” he told Halftime.

“If it’s going to be a grudge match then I’ll be ready for a grudge match – that’s the one of the beauties of this sport.

In arguably one of the shock of the ATP season, John Millman ousted Roger Federer at the US Open in August and De Minaur said the positive result couldn’t have happened to a better person.

“John is one of the most hard-working guys out there,” he said.

“People don’t get to see what he does off the court and he’s had his injury problems and it’s just amazing to see him come back back bigger and stronger every single time.

“He’s taken me under his wing and I’ve learnt a lot from him. For (John) to have his best year last year is just sensational and I wish him the best.”

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