Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

De Minaur beats Simon in Sydney, sets up final with Andreas Seppi

De Minaur beats Simon in Sydney, sets up final with Andreas Seppi

Australian teen sensation Alex de Minaur has emerged from a gruelling day on court to win his first ATP title, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in the Sydney International final.

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.

De Minaur is one of 12 Australians in the men's singles and seeking to become the first local to win the title since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

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.

Rising star Alex De Minaur comes into the tournament in good form after claiming his first-ever title at the Sydney International.

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

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"It's an incredible feeling, especially doing it at home, in front of my family and friends".

It was also fitting he joined Hewitt as a 19-year-old victor, given there was so much about the Australian Davis Cup team captain - who again sat in his players' box with son Cruz - in the victory.

It came after de Minaur's earlier 1hr 34min 6-3 6-2 victory over Gilles Simon, where he was barely challenged despite temperatures of more than 30 degrees. I thought I had to be really tough today and to back it up from Sydney.

"You know, I'm excited to get out there and try and play my best tennis for myself, my team and the Australian public, but there is certainly no extra pressure from them", Barty said on Saturday.

"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". I fell in love with tennis after the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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

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