De Minaur bags first ATP title

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2019

Australia's Alex De Minaur knocked out fellow countryman Jordan Thompson 7-6 (4) 6-3 on Thursday in an all-Australian quarter-final to advance to the final four at the Sydney International tennis meet.

Seppi hit 27 winners to De Minaur's 21, but the youngster made eight fewer unforced errors and won 20 points at the net to help seal the victory, showing no signs of fatigue having earlier beaten Simon after rain washed out the match on Friday.

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.

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. The final lasted one hour and 15 minutes.

The 23-year-old Sharma, ranked 232 in the world, came through qualifying last week to earn her spot in the main draw and she took advantage of Ho's struggles in the heat during the third set to advance to the second round.

De Minaur, 19, beat Italian Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (7-5) to become the youngest victor of the Sydney International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001.

It also took his daily court time to more than three-and-a-half hours, two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

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"To back it up from Sydney, I am proud that I was able to get it done in three sets."

"It's an incredible feeling, especially doing it at home, in front of my family and friends".

The talented young Australian player claimed the feat after losing two ATP finals a year ago: the Sydney, and Washington opens, in addition to the 2018 Next Generation ATP Finals in the Italian city of Milan.

"I think the only expectation is that I put on myself, to do everything right and to put myself in a position to perform as best that I can", Barty said.

"A lot of work, a lot of training, a lot of sacrifice goes into even making a final and to get a win, I'm speechless".

"It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way".

"(But) I felt good out there.

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