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Sport Alex De Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt

16:39  12 january  2018
16:39  12 january  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur

  Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur The youngest person to reach the Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000, 18-year-old Alex De Minaur has been given some words of wisdom by his Australian mentor. Set to contest his first ever ATP final against Russian Daniil Medvedev, De Minaur has started 2018 with a bang to defy his world no.187 ranking. © Sporting News Lleyton Hewitt, left, and Alex De Minaur. Hewitt, who won the Sydney International in 2000 as a teenager and again in 2001, has been keeping a close eye on De Minaur who's taken advice from Hewitt very much to heart.

De Minaur is clearly no flash in the pan or flavour of the month. His appearance in Friday's final four made him the youngest player to appear in back-to-back tour semi- finals since an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal achieved the feat in 2005.

Teen Alex De Minaur is the youngest Sydney finalist since Lleyton Hewitt won the title in 2000 at the same age. Teen sensation Alex De Minaur is within touching distance of a maiden ATP title after sweeping into the final of the Sydney International .

Alex De Minaur celebrates his win© AAP Image/Brendan Esposito Alex De Minaur celebrates his win Alex de Minaur became the youngest player into a Sydney International final in almost two decades on Friday with a stirring comeback win over Frenchman Benoit Paire.

The prodigious Australian downed Paire 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, to set up a showdown with Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev and become the first 18-year-old into the Sydney final since mentor Lleyton Hewitt won the tournament in 2000.

This was de Minaur's 11th win in his past 12 matches, following last week's Brisbane International semi-final appearance and his Australian Open wildcard tournament win prior to Christmas.

Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison

  Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison The 18-year-old De Minaur, ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.The 18-year-old De Minaur, ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.

De Minaur became the youngest player to play in two consecutive ATP semi- finals since Rafael Nadal in 2005.[15] He beat Frenchman Benoît Paire in the semifinal to meet " Alex de Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt ". Sydney Morning Herald.

Alex De Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt . Alex de Minaur 's golden run was ended by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Sydney International final . © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Alex de Minaur of Australia looks on during the men's final

And it was arguably his best, the world No 167 forced to dig deep against the stubborn Frenchman after losing the first set, and again early in the third when he was made to serve through six deuces before prevailing.

Pumped: Alex De Minaur celebrates his win over Benoit Paire to surge into the final.© AP Pumped: Alex De Minaur celebrates his win over Benoit Paire to surge into the final. He is now the youngest finalist on tour since Taylor Fritz in 2016 and aiming to become the youngest champion since Kei Nishikori lifted the Delray Beach title in 2008.

De Minaur is clearly no flash in the pan or flavour of the month. His appearance in Friday's final four made him the youngest player to appear in back-to-back tour semi-finals since an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal achieved the feat in 2005. That's incredibly esteemed company.

Australian Open: Alex De Minaur one to watch after win over Fernando Verdasco at Sydney International

  Australian Open: Alex De Minaur one to watch after win over Fernando Verdasco at Sydney International Australian teen sensation Alex De Minaur's sizzling form has continued with an upset win over Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of the Sydney International. Fresh off his stunning form in Brisbane, where he reached the last four in stunning style, the 18-year-old produced a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 win over the Spanish world number 40.

World reacts to Aussie teen Alex De Minaur ’s brave loss in Sydney International final . It would have made him the youngest player to win the Australian Open tune-up tournament in almost two decades, since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt achieved the feat at the same age, but it wasn’t to be.

Alex De Minaur followed Roger Federer into the press conference room here at Melbourne Park on Tuesday night, a brush with greatness for the young Australian. The presence of Lleyton Hewitt in his corner, as he has been throughout the Australian summer, was no coincidence.

A first-round showdown with giant Tomas Berdych awaits de Minaur in Melbourne at next week's Australian Open.

The future of Australian tennis is bright with Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur

  The future of Australian tennis is bright with Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur Only one of them progressed through to the second round of the Australian Open, but both Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur have shown Australia that the future of tennis is very bright indeed. 21-year-old Barty defeated the shrieking Aryna Sabalenka 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to book a second-round match with Italian Camila Giorgi, while 18-year-old De Minaur went down fighting against world no.20 Tomáš Berdych, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.Barty is currently Australia's equal highest ranked tennis player at 17th in the world, sharing that honour with the divisive Nick Kyrgios.

“Thanks, Lleyton .” On Wednesday night, Alex de Minaur earned his most important victory as a professional so far by defeating Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4, in the second round of Brisbane A week later, he earned his first ATP World Tour win by defeating Benoit Paire at the Sydney International .

Watch highlights as NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur reaches the Sydney International final by beating Frenchman Benoit Paire. Youngest ATP World Tour finalist since Fritz at 2016 Memphis. Standing in his way of replicating Lleyton Hewitt ’s achievement of winning the 2000 Sydney title as

But before then he has a title to win, and if de Minaur brings the fight he displayed in the final two sets against Paire on Friday, he will be savouring the biggest triumph yet of his fledgling career on Saturday night.

Well beaten: Manicured Frenchman Benoit Paire complains to the umpire to no avail.© AP Well beaten: Manicured Frenchman Benoit Paire complains to the umpire to no avail. Paire had his chances against the irrepressible Aussie, but could only convert one of eight break points.

He cut an imposing figure throughout opposite de Minaur, wearing a carefully manicured beard and tight-fit apparel showing off his chiselled frame, but the 18-year-old was undaunted.

Much like he hasn't been bothered against the likes of Milos Raonic, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez in this past fortnight.

Whiz kid: Alex De Minaur belts a return from the baseline.© AP Whiz kid: Alex De Minaur belts a return from the baseline. The Hewitt comparisons have been made several times during that stretch, and not without warrant. He chases almost everything down on court, his return of serve is sublime and his lob is a weapon, straight out of the playbook of Australia's former world No 1.

Medvedev certainly isn't to be taken lightly on Saturday after he staged a remarkable turnaround in his semi-final against Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Down 3-1 in the third set, the 21-year-old rallied to win 11 of the next 13 games and set up his second career ATP tour final against the rampaging Australian.

"I don't know so much about him, but I saw him play in some tournaments and I knew already before that he's gonna be a great player, because I remember he was playing with Tecnifibre before and we had a camp where I played like some tiebreaks with him," Medvedev said of de Minaur.

"He was, like, 15. It was only me serving and he beat me. I was, like, 'Wow, this guy is amazing, he is going to be good.' And he's becoming good now. I wish him all the best. It's nice to see some young guys coming up."

Sydney International: Alex De Minaur falls at final hurdle as Daniil Medvedev wins first title .
Alex de Minaur's golden run was ended by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Sydney International final. Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday.The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the iron-willed Russian 21-year-old, who led 4-0 in the final set before staving off an incredible fightback to land his maiden ATP tour title.

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