Monday, 10 December, 2018

Red-hot de Minaur takes giant step towards Next Gen championship

A general view of Taylor Fritz of USA in action in his match against Andrey Rublev of Russia in the group stages during Day One of the Gen ATP Finals at Fiera Milano Rho The Gen ATP Finals is experimenting with various different rules Credit Getty Images
Frederick Owens | 13 November, 2018, 12:59

Australian young gun Alex de Minaur has been beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the championship match of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

Aged 20 and at 15 in the rankings, Tsitsipas is half a step ahead of his 19-year-old Australian rival and the Greek player demonstrated that in a 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-3) 4-3 (7-3) victory.

Last year's runner-up Andrey Rublev required five sets to defeat Spaniard Jaume Munar in the playoff for third with the Russian prevailing 1-4 4-3 (7-4) 2-4 4-2 4-3 (7-3).

De Minaur's climb to just outside the top-30 is all the more impressive when one considers he began 2018 outside the top-200.

"I've spoken to him (Hewitt) every day, after every match, he sends me a message and we sort of have a little bit of a chat".

Following Denis Shapovalov's withdrawal, the pair were the top-ranked players at the experimental event in Milan, and their supremacy was evident as they both went unbeaten through the event to reach the final.

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Ranked 201st in the world at the start of the year, de Minaur will finish at a career-high 31 and is the top-ranked Australian male. Look, for example, the match today of Tsitsipas that make unbelievable season beating top players, and now - I'm not saying nothing bad about Munar.

The Greek tennis player got to beat Australia's Alex de Minaur in four sets.

"I stayed calm although I had a chance twice to win the match but remained calm".

"It's been an incredible year and I'm just riding this roller-coaster".

"The coaching on court I'm really not a big fan of, to be honest with you", he was quote as saying by Sport360.

He said winning the final would be "the cherry on top of an unbelievable season for me".

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