Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

De Minaur claims Sydney title, his 1st career ATP tournament win

De Minaur claims Sydney title, his 1st career ATP tournament win

The 19-year-old suffered defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the final last year but ensured he got his hands on the trophy this time by overcoming Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (7-5), after defeating Gilles Simon 6-3 6-2 in a semi-final held over due to rain.

De Minaur was drawn on the bottom half of the schedule, the side of which all matches are set for Monday.

As Australia's highest-ranked male player with a world ranking of 29, de Minaur earned a seeding of 27th for the Australian Open, unlike compatriots Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, who have paid heavily by drawing big guns Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic respectively.

"It took me a little to get used to conditions out here", Barty said.

Moving the Australian's match to Tuesday would have meant that the victor between he and Sousa would have been forced to play two days straight in Melbourne.

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.

Beaten in the Sydney International final for the second year in a row, losing on Saturday night in a third-set tiebreaker to world No.8 Petra Kvitova, Barty has still had a more distinguished run this summer. "I think that is pretty poor".

"I think the only expectation is that I put on myself, to do everything right and to put myself in a position to perform as best that I can", Barty said.

Australian teenager Alex De Minaur won two matches in a day to claim his first career ATP title at the Sydney International on Saturday.

The world No.29's court coverage was enormous 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. I've got my semi-finals.

"I'm very happy with my efforts here". It's a different look for me. 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. I felt like I was moving well.

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