Alex de Minaur surprises tennis world with secret talent in interview with French Open ‘lucky charm’ fan

Alex de Minaur is a man of many talents.

The man known as “Demon” defeated Russia’s fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in four sets – 4-6 6-2 6-1 6-3 – to advance to his second Grand Slam quarterfinal.

The 25-year-old will face Alexander Zverev in the round of 16 after recording his fifth win against a top 10 opponent this year.

De Minaur had never made it past the second round of Roland Garros before this year, winning just three out of ten matches.

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But this season he has improved on clay, even reaching his first Masters quarter-final on surface in Monte Carlo. It was his first win against a top-five player on clay.

In the third round, De Minaur was famously cheered for his win against Jan-Lennard Struff by a young superfan.

And the boy came again, this time sitting right behind De Minaur’s player’s stand.

“We found him obviously through the beautiful world of social media, in the end we found him. We brought him to the match,” De Minaur said.

“I think he’ll chill with me tomorrow during my training day and obviously he’ll be there for the next game.”

Watch Alex de Minaur speak French in the video above

There were wholesome scenes after the win when De Minaur reunited after the match with his superfan, a French guy named Paul.

Speaking in French, he grabbed the boy’s shoulder and said: “This is my best fan here, Paul.

“I want to say thank you. After the tournament, you have to be with me in the next round too.”

Paul replied: “Yes. Every day, always, I will try to come out until you win.

“Let’s hope you win. Honestly it was amazing, I hope you win. This is amazing, thank you.”

The couple high-fived and De Minaur said sincerely: “I have listened to you on every point. Thank you.”

Tennis commentator Bastien Fachan shared the footage on social media and said: “Alex de Minaur and his little French fan/lucky charm Paul are the most wholesome story of this year’s Roland-Garros.”

One fan wrote: “It’s impossible to hate De Minaur. His tennis is extraordinary, his attitude is extraordinary and he even spoke French.

A second said: “For me the biggest shock of the Medvedev v De Minaur match was finding out Alex spoke French.”

Another posted: “Alex de Minaur is truly impressive – not only does he dry out Medvedev – but he jumps into pure French to address the audience. I can’t understand it, but this is very respectful and shows that there are a lot more strings in the racket.

De Minaur spent the first five years of his life in Sydney, then moved with his family to Alicante, Spain, before returning to Australia at the age of 13.

He is fluent in English, Spanish and clearly speaks some French as well.

The Demon and Paul reunited backstage at Roland Garros – and the world number 11 signed his cap and presented it to the youngster, before asking him to accompany him to training on his day off before the quarter-final against Zverev .

With his lucky charm at his disposal, De Minaur will look to go deeper than ever in a slam, after losing in straight sets to eventual winner Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the 2020 US Open.

“He worked a miracle,” he said of his fan. “You might have to take it on the road week after week.”

“Even on that big court I could feel it after every single point. It’s a distinctive voice, so it’s nice to see,”

“I’m pretty happy, I’m not going to lie,” De Minaur said.

“Today was a beautiful match. Fought to the end. I managed to beat a quality opponent in the fourth round of the Grand Slam, which is more or less the goal I set for myself to delve into these events.

“Mentally I was very calm. I knew there was a good chance we could even get to the fifth set, so, you know, I was ready for anything today.

Demon launches Medvedev and reaches the quarterfinals

After shaking hands with Medvedev, De Minaur walked into the middle of the field, opened his arms and shouted: “I love this place! I absolutely love it here!”

“It’s really extraordinary, in my opinion. I always thought that to play well on clay I needed warm, lively conditions,” she said.

“But the whole tournament proved otherwise, right? It was a total shock to the system, to everything I’ve ever believed.

His girlfriend Katie Boulter commented on Instagram: “I’m not sure we’re compatible anymore. Now he’s a clay dog.

Nick Kyrgios said: “What an effort.”

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