De Minaur and Kvitova take out Sydney International tennis Open

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

Australian Alex de Minaur's semi-final against Gilles Simon at the Sydney International has been postponed until Saturday morning due to rain.

De Minaur, playing less than 48 hours after winning his maiden ATP Tour title in Sydney, had earlier thrilled his home Australian crowd on the same court with a solid 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

De Minaur's triumph made him the youngest victor of the Sydney tournament since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed it as a 19-year-old in 2001. "I thought that I had to be really tough today", de Minaur said.

De Minaur broke back five games and barely gave Seppi another look-in during the Italian's first final in three-and-a-half years.

The 19-year-old Alex de Minaur had a day to remember in his native Sydney on Saturday, with the double action waiting for him just two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne.

Boundless energy and the determination to chase down lost causes have been the cornerstones of De Minaur's early success and he was in fine form on Saturday, recovering from losing an early break to win the first set.

The 27-year-old Sandgren took just 79 minutes to beat Norrie 6-4, 6-2 to round out a remarkable week of tennis without dropping a set.

The world No.29's court coverage was huge as always, regularly chasing down his Italian opponent's forehands and wearing the 34-year-old down over the 2hr 5min clash to make amends for last year's final loss to Daniil Medvedev. In the first, Alex dropped his serve immediately before breaking back in the 6th game (3-all); in the second set was broken again in the 7th game (3-4), but then he leveled immediately after (4-4).

"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".

"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".

"I'm extremely proud of myself".

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

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