Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tsitsipas Tops De Minaur For ATP Milan NextGen Title

Tsitsipas Tops De Minaur For ATP Milan NextGen Title

De Minaur beat American Taylor Fritz 4-3 (10-8), 4-1, 4-2 on Thursday with Tsitsipas racing past Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 4-1, 4-3 (7-2), 4-1.

Australian tennis young gun Alex de Minaur will face top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the championship match of the Next Gen Finals after battling past Spaniard Jaume Munar.

Tsitsipas, 20, capped a stellar season by winning the second title of 2018, a day after he was named most improved player on tour.

De Minaur was looking comfortable, losing only two games in the second and third sets but his Spanish opponent found another gear in the fourth and saved four match points to claim the set in a tiebreak and send the match to a fifth and deciding set.

De Minaur - who began the season at number 208 in the world rankings and reached a career-high 31 last month - also revealed said he had been getting tips from Australia's former world number one Lleyton Hewitt.

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Nineteen-year-old De Minaur eventually overcame Spain's Jaume Munar - his fourth win of the week - securing a 3-4 (5), 4-1, 4-1, 3-4 (4), 4-2 victory.

"I'm going to have to play differently than today", he said post-match. "I was mentally very strong and that was proven in the tie-break in the last set".

"One of the main things that I always loved about the sport is the individual aspect, just being you on court and you having to find a way to deal with situations".

"That being said, this week there is coaching allowed, and I've made very good use of it and it's actually helped out a lot". "But really proud with myself, and I really owe it all to the team of people I've put around me".

The round-robin tournament for players aged under 21 years has a shorter format than other tournaments, playing sets of first to four games, with tie breaks at 3-3.

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