Alex De Minaur wins his first career title in Sydney

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

AUSTRALIAN alex de Minaur is through to his second straight Sydney International decider after beating Gilles Simon 6-3 6-2 in their semi-final on Saturday.

The de Minaur-Simon match was originally scheduled for Friday night.

Young Aussie tennis sensation Alex De Minaur has taken out his first ever ATP single's title on Saturday evening, knocking over Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in straight sets. "And to finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and in the courts I grew up", he said.

A tournament win in Sydney would be de Minaur's first on the world tour, after he reached two senior finals past year and lost both, as well as the Next Gen decider in Italy.

De Minaur wrapped up the first set with a gutsy hold on his own serve from a game that lasted 10 minutes, before he won the final four games of the second set to claim the match.

Broken in the first game of the opening set, it proved to be one of the few blights on the 19-year-old's game as he broke back five games and barely gave Seppi another look in during the Italian's first final in three-and-a-half years.

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The up-and-coming star's straight sets victory is the flawless warm-up two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

In doing so, he became the youngest victor of the Sydney International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the first home talent to claim the prize since Bernard Tomic in 2013.

"That's pretty much all I can ask from myself". I sought clarification with Craig Tiley (Australian Open tournament director) yesterday with regards to it and he explained how he made that decision because they wanted their defending champions playing on the first night and that's not unusual that's what happens at Wimbledon aswell, Alex has accepted that and he's ready to go today.

"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".

"In terms of the women's Plisokova is playing really well and Angie Kerber had a really good week at the Hopman Cup as well".

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