Alex de Minaur has a fantastic opportunity to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time when he faces Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar on Saturday.
Alex de Minaur vs Pablo Andujar Australian Open Tips, Predictions & Preview
Alex de Minaur vs Pablo Andujar free Australian Open tips, predictions and preview – Andujar is into the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in 11 previous appearances…
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Alex de Minaur vs Pablo Andujar Match Details
🎾 Competition: Australian Open R3
🗓 Date: Saturday January 22
⏰ Time: TBA
🏟 Stadium: TBA
Alex de Minaur vs Pablo Andujar Head to Head
This will be the first tour-level meeting between the pair.
Alex de Minaur vs Pablo Andujar Stats
- De Minaur is 0-2 in Australian Open third round matches
- De Minaur has won five of his last six matches
- Andujar hasn’t beaten a top 50 player on hardcourt since 2019
- Andujar is into R3 of the AO for the first time in his career
- Andujar is 43-100 lifetime on hardcourt
- Andujar is 27-177 lifetime when losing the first set
Alex de Minaur vs Pablo Andujar Prediction & Preview
Alex de Minaur sets his sights on a spot in the Australian Open fourth round when he meets 35-year-old veteran Pablo Andujar on Saturday.
After a tough season in 2021, de Minaur is determined for a better campaign this year and he’s off to the perfect start, winning five of his six matches – with his only defeat coming against No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.
De Minaur started his season at the ATP Cup where he scored great wins over Matteo Berrettini (his fifth career top 10 scalp) and Ugo Humbert, while he has advanced through to the Australian Open third round for the second time with victories over rising star Lorenzo Musetti and Kamil Majchrzak.
It’s taken Rafael Nadal and the mercurial Fabio Fognini to eliminate him at this stage of the Australian Open, so needless to say the Aussie will be very confident of reaching the second week for the first time.
Meanwhile, Andujar is experiencing a surprising late-career resurgence, especially at the Grand Slams, where he won a round at every tournament last year.
Andujar has predominantly been a clay courter throughout his career, but his results on hardcourt have improve with time, most notably a fourth round showing at the US Open in 2019 – but that was the last time he defeated a top 50 player on the surface. He’s also had a fortuitous draw in Melbourne, beating lucky loser Damir Dzumhur and an injured Alex Molcan.
Having recovered from multiple surgeries on his elbow over the course of his career, it’s good to see Andujar still making an impact on tour, but this is likely where his journey ends.
De Minaur’s speed and athleticism and overall superior ability on this surface should see the Aussie chase everything down and come away with a straight sets victory.