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Alex de Minaur advances to Sydney men’s final vs Seppi

14 January 2019

Rising star Alex De Minaur comes into the tournament in good form after claiming his first-ever title at the Sydney International.

"I thought it would not happen", De Minaur expressed after the win.

He then had to rush to Melbourne on Sunday on a private jet - "a small one" - in order to finalise his preparations for his first round clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa at the season opening Grand Slam on Monday. 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.

"It's definitely special. I had the opportunity previous year..."

De Minaur, who had already beaten the more experienced Simon in the Japan Open in 2018, again displayed determination and stamina to outplay the Frenchman, notching up his sixth win of 2019 from tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney.

"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, if anything, it's embracing the support that you do get".

"I'm extremely proud of myself". I sought clarification with Craig Tiley (Australian Open tournament director) yesterday with regards to it and he explained how he made that decision because they wanted their defending champions playing on the first night and that's not unusual that's what happens at Wimbledon aswell, Alex has accepted that and he's ready to go today.

She knocked over world No.1 Simona Halep in straight sets in Sydney, and also toppled No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens on her way to the final. I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow. I'm a more complete 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. Every match, just making sure I go out there, compete, just give it my all.

Alex de Minaur advances to Sydney men’s final vs Seppi