Alex de Minaur joined a growing list on youngsters to collect an ATP title. The feisty 19-year-old won Sydney on Saturday beating veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6(5).
“It’s surreal. I couldn’t think of a better place to get my first win,” said De Minaur. “It’s been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven’t gone my way. To finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it’s something that’s really special in front of friends and family and on the courts I grew up. Definitely memories that are going to last forever.”
The Sydneysider thrilled his home fans with the win, evoking memories of when his coach Lleyton Hewitt won the title also at age 19.
“It’s definitely special. I had the opportunity last year… Walking down the tunnel, you see his name on the board four times,” said De Minaur of Hewitt. “I’m just happy that I was able to get the win and be the next Aussie to get the win, especially at home. I can’t stop smiling.”
The 34-year-old Seppi was trying to win his fourth career title while De Minaur also made the final last year, but fell to Daniil Medvedev.
The young Australian has little time to celebrate, though. He’ll face Pedro Sousa Monday in Melbourne with a chance at Rafael Nadal in the third round on Friday. And he made his displeasure with the scheduling known.
“I think what’s more annoying is me having to play on Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your pretty much home slam,” he said after beating Gilles Simon.
“I think they’re punishing Aussies for playing deep in their home tournaments, and I think that should not be what they should be doing.”
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