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SportSydney International: Alex De Minaur claims maiden ATP title with Andreas Seppi victory

19:20  12 january  2019
19:20  12 january  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Alex de Minaur (/də mɪˈnɔːr/ də mih-NOR; Spanish: Álex de Miñaur , pronounced [ˈaleɡz ðe miˈɲauɾ]; born 17 February 1999) is an Australian-Spanish tennis player.

Sydney International: Alex De Minaur claims maiden ATP title with Andreas Seppi victory© Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

Australia teenager Alex De Minaur claimed his first ATP singles title with a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) victory over Andreas Seppi at the Sydney International on Saturday night.

De Minaur had to earn his way into the final on Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 6-2 victory over French veteran Gilles Simon after rain delayed their semi-final on Friday night.

The 19-year-old, who lost last year’s final to Daniil Medvedev, trailed early but showed no signs of fatigue to bounce back and clinch a hard-fought opening set.

He surrendered a break midway through the second set and had to come from behind again in the tiebreaker.

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Alex de Minaur will have a shot at his second straight Sydney International final but his hopes of meeting another Australian in the semifinals were dashed after John Millman was knocked out in a late-night thriller. De Minaur booked his spot in the final four on Thursday, knocking Davis Cup teammate

But the Sydney-sider dug deep to claim his maiden tournament victory on his third attempt after losing his two previous finals.

“It’s crazy that this actually happened, I thought it wouldn’t happen but third-time lucky,” De Minaur said at the post-match presentation.

“And you guys (the fans) don’t know how much it means to do it in front of all you guys in my home city … I mean there’s nothing better than Sydney, is there?”

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De Minaur is the youngest ATP World Tour finalist since American Taylor Fritz at 2016 Memphis at at No. 167 in the ATP Rankings is the lowest-ranked Sydney finalist since then-No. 223 Andrei Cherkasov reached the 1989 title match. Last week in Brisbane, de Minaur recorded the biggest victory of his

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Sydney International: Alex De Minaur claims maiden ATP title with Andreas Seppi victory© AAP Image/Craig Golding Alex De Minaur of Australia holds his trophy up after defeating Andreas Seppi of Italy in the men's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Sydney, Saturday, January 12, 2019.

After trailing 3-1 in the opening set De Minaur claimed six of the next eight games to take a one-set lead.

The Aussie continued to look comfortable before producing two consecutive errors seemingly out of nowhere to hand Seppi a service break in the seventh game of the second set.

He sent a reflex backhand volley wide after an entertaining exchange at the net and double-faulted on break point to hand Seppi a 4-3 lead in front of a stunned home crowd.

But the local broke back immediately, Seppi slapping a backhand into the net to surrender his advantage.

Another untimely double fault from De Minaur gifted Seppi a 4-2 lead in the tiebreaker but the Italian, searching for his first title in six years, let the Aussie back into the set with an unforced error.

De Minaur took full advantage of his opponents nerves, forcing another backhand miscue from Seppi after a tense exchange on match point to seal victory.

The world No.29 fell to the court before celebrating with the local fans and his support group amid jubilant scenes at Homebush.

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Alex de Minaur has won the hearts of Australian tennis fans with his never-say-die attitude and he will need to call on all his fighting qualities when he takes to Rod Laver Arena this evening for the most significant match of his fledgling professional career. Alex de Minaur has won the hearts of Australian tennis fans with his never-say-die attitude and he will need to call on all his fighting qualities when he takes to Rod Laver Arena this evening for the most significant match of his The imposing figure of Rafael Nadal, a 17-time major singles winner and the world number two, will be standing on the ot

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