Alex de Minaur’s classy act with French Open superfan goes viral

Alex de Minaur may have finally found someone as passionate as him.

The Australian’s ultimate moment with a young superfan is going viral after his much-anticipated French Open third-round win on Sunday morning (AEST).

The demon has now launched a public plea to trace the young fan after he helped spur the 25-year-old to a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3 comeback win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

Reaching the last 16 for the first time at Roland Garros, de Minaur openly praised a young fan for helping him reach the finish line in a rain-interrupted match.

The young fan was seen roaring and pumping his fists every time de Minaur won a point on television, and the Aussie turned on the young fan and went up for big points in the match.

De Minaur's performance with a superfan goes viral

After shaking hands with the German opponent and the referee, de Minaur walked up to the young fan on the fence and hugged him.

“This young lad was there from the first point to the last with a five-hour rain delay,” said de Minaur.

“There was this little kid who was screaming in my face every time I changed ends, every point I won. I’m looking at it and thinking, if I was a fan, I’d probably go back home because it was damn cold out there.

“I don’t understand what this kid was doing, but, oh, he gave me life. Every single ending change I watch and lock with it. I just hugged him. Matej… it was a relief more than anything else. It was amazing. I appreciate this child.

“The fact that he spent 10 hours on the field today in the freezing cold, he was happy that I could win with him.”

The video of the hug went viral, with one version shared by the French Open’s official account receiving more than 600,000 views.

De Minaur took to Instagram and Twitter after the game to ask for help in tracking down the young fan.

“I need to find the name of this legend!!! Message me on instagram, I need you for the next round,” de Minaur wrote on Twitter.

According to Reuters, de Minaur also said: “I would give him everything in my bag. I just wasn’t thinking straight with my emotions. But he deserved it all. Rackets, shoes, whatever he wanted.”

De Minaur will face fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.

Medvedev beat Tomas Machac 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

“It was a very difficult match,” Medvedev said.

“I’m glad I stayed consistent despite some tough moments in the third set.”

— with AFP

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