Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rain makes de Minaur wait a day in Sydney

Rain makes de Minaur wait a day in Sydney

Alex de Minaur of Australia celebrates defeating Andreas Seppi of Italy in the men's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

Forced to win through his semi-final on Saturday afternoon against Gilles Simon after rain washed out play on Friday night, de Minaur returned to the court six hours later for a gutsy straight-sets win over the Italian veteran.

The men's final will still go ahead as planned on Saturday night, meaning either Simon or De Minaur will have to play two matches in one day when the victor meets Andreas Seppi in the decider.

In doing so, he became the youngest victor of the Sydney International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the first home talent to claim the prize since Bernard Tomic in 2013.

Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur have shown no ill effects following their short turnaround from the Sydney International by collecting first-round triumphs at the Australian Open.

Thompson led 4-1 in the first set tie-breaker but the Australian No.1 stormed back into the game to take the lead, reports Efe news.

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Shot of the day: Kuchar had already moved back in front, but it was the birdie on No. 15 that really put the trophy within reach. Biggest disappointment: It was a rough afternoon for Keith Mitchell, who turned a spot in the final group into a tie for 16th.

The Czech 2015 champion and fifth seed fought back from dropping the opening set and an early break in the final set to beat the top-ranked Aussie, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in two hours 19 minutes. "So it just took me a while to get used to the rhythm and get back to the play".

And seeded for the time at a grand slam following his meteoric rankings rise a year ago from outside the world's top 100, de Minaur had taken a pot shot at Open officials for scheduling him on day one.

"I'm extremely proud of myself". "I think they're punishing Aussies for playing deep in their home tournaments and... that's not what they should be doing".

"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 a much better player.

His reward is a return on Wednesday to play Mirza Basic or Henri Laaksonen for a likely third-round shootout with the great Rafael Nadal.

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