De Minaur was more or less "ambushed" says David Drysdale

Sherman Parsons
January 15, 2019

Australian teen tennis sensation Alex de Minaur was forced to win both a semi-final and a final on the same day to claim his first ATP title.

De Minaur, 19 and ranked 29, conquered the fresher Italian Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) in the final after overcoming Frenchman Gilles Simon in a rain-postponed semi-final earlier in the day.

Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur have shown no ill effects following their short turnaround from the Sydney International by collecting first-round triumphs at the Australian Open.

Barty also had to make a hurried dash to Melbourne after she lost the Sydney final to Petra Kvitova in a third-set tie-break and is also scheduled to play on Monday evening against Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum on Margaret Court Arena.

"I thought it would not happen", De Minaur expressed after the win.

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Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.

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"In a lot of tournaments you can look ahead and eventually you'll play one of the big guys".

"I think, if anything, it's embracing the support that you do get". "So it just took me a while to get used to the rhythm and get back to the play".

Seppi was again the first to strike in the second set.

Alex de Minaur won 2-0. "I think I'm dealing with all these expectations quite well, and I'm very proud of myself".

"I'm very happy with my efforts here". I feel like I have dealt with the situations really well, focusing on what I need to focus on, which is me going out there every single point and just competing.

Yeah, I have asked for my match to be pushed back. "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. In a tournament in which none of the seeded players made it to the final four, Sandgren was playing only his second ATP final - having lost in Houston a year ago - while it was the first for wildcard entrant Norrie.

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