De Minaur claims maiden title after two hometown wins in one day

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De Minaur had arrived in Melbourne on a high note emotionally in the wake of his breakthrough win, although his Sydney campaign proved physically taxing after he was forced to play his semi-final and final on the same day as a result of inclement weather late in the tournament.

Australian Alex de Minaur emerged from a marathon day of tennis to claim his first ATP title, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in the Sydney International final.

"I thought it would not happen", De Minaur expressed after the win. Hours earlier he had advanced to the final by winning his semi-final over Giles Simon 6-3, 6-2.

In the first, Alex dropped his serve immediately before breaking back in the 6th game (3-all); in the second set was broken again in the 7th game (3-4), but then he leveled immediately after (4-4).

The victory made de Minaur the youngest victor of the Sydney tournament since Lleyton Hewitt also did it as a 19-year-old in 2001.

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The up-and-coming star's straight sets victory is the ideal warm-up two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

De Minaur, who entered the Open at a career-high ranking of 29, claimed a single break of serve in the opening set to gain the early ascendancy against Sousa. I sought clarification with Craig Tiley (Australian Open tournament director) yesterday with regards to it and he explained how he made that decision because they wanted their defending champions playing on the first night and that's not unusual that's what happens at Wimbledon aswell, Alex has accepted that and he's ready to go today.

"To back it up from Sydney, I am proud that I was able to get it done in three sets."
"I didn't want to overthink it and I'm happy with the way I composed myself during the match", said Kenin, ranked 56 in the world.

"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 feel like I'm playing great tennis.

"It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way".

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