De Minaur Triumphs In Sydney

Rex Christensen
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.

Returning to the court just six hours after he was forced to finish his semi-final on Saturday afternoon after rain washed out play on Friday night, the Sydney-born star was broken in the first game of the match but it proved to be one of his few blights.

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.

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.

The 34-year-old Seppi, playing in his first decider in more than three years, hasn't won a tournament since 2012.

Teenage tennis sensation Alex de Minaur is the first to welcome comparisons between he and Lleyton Hewitt, after the youngster took another step down the path well worn by his mentor in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

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But after a killer 2018 year, which included two WTA title and a fourth-round appearance at the US Open, the 22-year-old Barty said the outside noise wouldn't have any adverse impact on her in Melbourne.

"I am very happy with my performance".

'I knew coming in that if I wanted to come away with a trophy, I was going to have to play two really tough matches, ' he said.

"Not to win at home, I'm sorry", Kvitova said.

The Queenslander also has more tennis under her belt than previous year, winning two of three matches at the Hopman Cup, as opposed to being knocked out last summer in the opening round of the Brisbane International. I mean, this is why I have done all the hard work in the preseason. 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.

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

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