Australian Tennis player De Minaur Remains Undefeated in Sydney

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After initially taking the first set 6-1, De Minaur looked to be on course for a straight-set victory.

But Medvedev found his way back in the second set, breaking serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and went on to level the match at a set apiece.

The 18-year-old is Sydney's youngest finalist since Lleyton Hewitt won in 2000 at the same age, and this latest display showcased a prodigious tenacity and persistence not unlike that of his mentor.

Winning four of the next five games, the plucky Australian was cheered on by his home crowd, but Medvedev, ranked 84th in the world, once more took control to serve out the set 7-5 and win the match, and his first ATP Tour title.

But not before the young Russian endured the hometown favourite's captivating third-set comeback from 4-0 down to very almost pull the rug right out from under his feet.

Medvedev struggled in the opening set with the crowd firmly behind De Minaur, yet he put an uncertain start behind him to win a thrilling battle at Ken Rosewall Arena, where Angelique Kerber earlier defeated another Australian, Ash Barty, in the women's final.


The man who beat him in Saturday's final, Daniil Medvedev, was quick to label de Minaur "the future of tennis".

In the third, he was made to endure six deuces to hold one particularly gruelling service game but still won 11 of the last 12 games and, after being denied two match points, converted the third. I wish him all the best.

Down 4-1, the young Aussie appeared well out of the contest, but two double-faults handed de Minaur a break point and Medvedev surrendered serve when he sprayed a forehand long.

It was likely a preview of finals for years to come.

-Benoit Paire (FRA) defeated Gilles Muller (LUX, 2), 6-4 and 6-4. He is now 1-1 in career ATP finals after losing the Chennai championship a year ago.

Kerber, who began last year as No.1 before finishing at No.22, continued her 2018 resurgence and remains unbeaten this year. "I played good tennis", Kerber said.

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