Alex De Minaur completed arguably his best week as a pro winning the Atlanta title on Sunday beating Taylor Fritz 6-3, 7-6(2).
It was the 20-year-old Australian’s second career title after winning Sydney over Andreas Seppi at the start of the year.
But what makes this summer crown so intriguing was De Minaur never lost serve the entire event holding all 42 service games without facing a single break point! Tommy Haas at 2007 Memphis and John Isner at at 2017 Newport are the only other players since 1991 to win a title without seeing a break point against their serve.
“This one is really special to me. I felt like I really needed this. To start the year with a bang and then be slowed down by injuries… you expect your level to be right there once you come back, but you have to slowly grind your way back,” said De Minaur. “I’ve been playing great tennis and felt like if I could keep it all together, the good results will come. This is a week that will really help me out.
“I don’t think I could start the American hard-court season any better than this,” he added. “I’m happy with where I am and enjoying every day. I can’t wait to get back on court and keep improving.”
In the final, De Minaur dropped just two points on first serve with eight aces, while Fritz won just 32% of his second serves.
Fritz was seeking his second career title. But will move closer to the Top 20.
“It was a good week. It’s my first time being one of the top seeds and I made it to the final. He played really well and I just needed to up it even more if I wanted to win,” said Fritz. “It hurts so much to lose a final, but I’m still confident and will keep moving forward.”
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