De Minaur Outlasts Sonego For Eastbourne Crown, First Grass Title
by Staff | June 26th, 2021, 6:22 pm
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Alex De Minaur collected his first career title on grass Saturday edging Lorenzo Sonego in a thriller 4-6. 6-4, 7-6(5).

Neither player blinked in the final set as both held serve with no break points to be had. In the breaker, it was the Australian gaining the upper hand and hanging on.

“I had to pull through all my mental strength I had. I had to tell myself to try and be a bit more aggressive and go to win that match, not just wait for my opponent to lose it, because he was not going to do that,” De Minaur said. “I am very happy to have played more aggressively in the important points and stay in there, as it was not an easy match. I am happy to have my fifth title.

“My first emotion is relief, for finally getting these results, and ecstatic I have been able to pull through and play some good tennis. Every match has helped me confidence wise and strategy wise. Every mach I play, I take little things, what I could have done better, what I want to do next time I am in that position.”

It was De Minaur’s fifth career title, first on grass.

Sonego was bidding for a second grass trophy.

At Wimbledon, De Minaur will take on Sebastian Korda while Sonego meets Pedro Sousa.


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