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De Minaur eyeing quarterfinal spot at Australian Open 2024 | 20 January, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

De Minaur eyeing quarterfinal spot at Australian Open 2024 | 20 January, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Alex de Minaur is among 25 Aussies scheduled to compete on day eight at Australian Open 2024.

Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Alex de Minaur has scored three top-10 wins already this season. Can he claim a fourth this evening?

Thatโ€™s the big question as the Aussie favourite prepares for a fourth-round showdown with world No.5 Andrey Rublev at Rod Laver Arena.

The 24-year-old is hoping to progress to a first quarterfinal at his home Grand Slam.

โ€œIโ€™ve made a couple fourth rounds in the past. I maybe have gotten to that point and not played the type of match I wanted to,โ€ De Minaur said. โ€œIโ€™m hoping I can break that barrier and go one further.โ€

World No.10 De Minaur has won three of his past five meetings against Rublev, however lost their most recent clash in November last year.

โ€œHeโ€™s got some immense firepower and his forehand is deadly,โ€ De Minaur noted.

โ€œItโ€™s basically do your best to not allow him to hit forehands, especially from the middle of the court. That will probably be the game plan.โ€

De Minaur is among 25 Aussies scheduled to compete across an exciting day eight schedule at Australian Open 2024.

World No.1 Storm Hunter features in womenโ€™s and mixed doubles matches, while the son of former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt, Cruz, makes his Grand Slam debut in the boysโ€™ singles competition.

Long-time Aussie favourites Mark Philippoussis, Alicia Molik and Casey Dellacqua are also back on court, competing in the legendsโ€™ doubles event.

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For those who canโ€™t make it to Melbourne Park, the tournament is broadcast live in Australia on the Nine Network and Stan Sport. Play begins from 11am AEDT.

Aussies in action on day eight:

Menโ€™s singles, fourth round
[10] Alex de Minaur (AUS)ย v [5] Andrey Rublev, Rod Laver Arena, night session, first match (from 7pm AEDT)

Womenโ€™s doubles, third round
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v Ekaterina Alexandrova/Anna Kalinskaya, Kia Arena, third match

Mixed doubles, first round
[1] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Matt Ebden (AUS)ย v Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Mate Pavic (CRO), Kia Arena, fifth match

Mixed doubles, second round
[WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS)ย v Aldila Sutjiadi (INA)/Michael Venus (NZL),ย Rod Laver Arena, night session, second match

Legendsโ€™ doubles, round-robin
Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/Alicia Molik (AUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)/Li Na (CHN), Margaret Court Arena, first…

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