No rest for 'Demon' de Minuar as Sydney final awaits

15 January, 2019, 06:42 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Alex de Minaur

Games went on serve in the second, with both players feeling the heat, before de Minaur broke at 6-5 before serving out the set.

As Australia's highest-ranked male player with a world ranking of 29, de Minaur earned a seeding of 27th for the Australian Open, unlike compatriots Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, who have paid heavily by drawing big guns Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic respectively. "I'm happy to be able to get the wins, as well".

"It's surreal. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win", said De Minaur, who has become the youngest victor in Sydney since mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed the title in 2001. "It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way".

He then had to rush to Melbourne on Sunday on a private jet - "a small one" - in order to finalise his preparations for his first round clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa at the season opening Grand Slam on Monday.

Moving the Australian's match to Tuesday would have meant that the victor between he and Sousa would have been forced to play two days straight in Melbourne.

"I thought it wouldn't happen".

"That's all I can ask from myself".


Australian Alex de Minaur emerged from a marathon day of tennis to claim his first ATP title, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in the Sydney International final.

Earlier in the evening, Ash Barty went down in three sets to Czech Petra Kvitova in a 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3) thriller Sydney International final.

In turn, it also handed Barty her second straight runner-up finish in Sydney, after losing to Angelique Kerber in last year's final.

The talented young Australian player claimed the feat after losing two ATP finals past year: the Sydney, and Washington opens, in addition to the 2018 Next Generation ATP Finals in the Italian city of Milan. I've got my semi-finals. It's a different look for me.

"But I feel like I am hitting the ball well and certainly happy to come through in pretty straightforward fashion".

His reward is a return on Wednesday to play Mirza Basic or Henri Laaksonen for a likely third-round shootout with the great Rafael Nadal.

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