Aussie teen’s record-breaking title
Australian teenager Alex De Minaur won two matches in a day to claim his first career ATP titleat the Sydney International on Saturday.
De Minaur, 19 and ranked 29, conquered the fresher Italian Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) in the final after overcoming FrenchmanGilles Simon in a rain-postponed semi-final earlier in the day.
De Minaur's triumph made him the youngest winner of the Sydney tournament since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed it as a19-year-old in 2001.
Sydney-born De Minaur is the first Australian champion at the 134-year tournament since Bernard Tomic in 2013.
In his second straight Sydney final, the fifth seed won 75 percent of first-serve points to improve on his runner-up finishto Russian Daniil Medvedev last year.
De Minaur has soared 208 places to 29 in the ATP Rankings and was named ATP Newcomer of the Year after earning 28 tour-levelvictories throughout his 2018 campaign.
After conceding a break of serve in the opening game of the match, De Minaur levelled the opening set at 3-3.
The first set appeared to be heading towards a tie-break until De Minaur broke in the 12th game, attacking Seppi's forehandto force errors and earn short balls in return from his opponent.
Seppi was again the first to strike in the second set.
The Italian earned his first break point of the set before capitalising on a De Minaur double-fault to lead 4-3.
But the Australian youngster broke back for 4-4 as Seppi made consecutive groundstroke errors.
In the tie-break, De Minaur recovered from a mini-break down three times, before clinching the title on his first championshippoint as Seppi netted a backhand.
"It's crazy that this actually happened," de Minaur said after winning his maiden tour title, on home soil.
"You guys don't know much it means to me to do it in front of all you guys, in front of my home.
"There's nothing better than Sydney, is there?"