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Alex De Minaur wins Sydney International final against Andreas Seppu, Ash Barty pipped by Petra Kvitova



Updated

12 January 2019 23:11:34

Alex de Minaur, Australian teenager, emerged from a grueling day on the pitch to win his first ATP title, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (7- 5) in the Sydney International final

Forced to win the semi-final Saturday afternoon against Gilles Simon after the rain snapped up on Friday night, de Minaur returned to the field six hours later for a series of brave successes on the Italian veteran.

Broken in the opening game of the opening set, it turned out to be one of the few problems of the 19-year-old's game when he broke five games and just gave Seppi another look.

In doing so, he became the youngest winner of Sydney International by Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the first talent at home to claim the award from Bernard Tomic in 2013.

It was also right that he would join Hewitt as a 19-year-old winner, given that there was so much of the captain of the Australian Davis Cup team – who sat back in his box with his son Cruz – in the win.

The coverage of the number 29 of the world was immense as ever, regularly chasing the obverse of the Italian opponent and wearing the 34-year-old down for two hours, five minutes of confrontation to make amends for the defeat of the last year to Daniil Medvedev.

Also showed no sign of nerves, getting 73% of his first beats and rebounding immediately after mid-second set and then three times when the number 37 in the world had mini breaks in the tie breaker.

"It's crazy that this really happened," said de Minaur.

"I thought it would not happen Third time lucky, and you guys do not know how much it means to do it in front of all of you guys, in front of my house."

He arrived after De Minaur's victory, 6-3, 6-2 on Simon, where he was never really challenged despite temperatures above 30 degrees.

daily court time more than three and a half hours, two days after his first Australian Open round with Portuguese Pedro Sousa.

In the meantime, it was a disappointing end for Seppi, who was playing on his first final tour in three and a half years.

So close to the awesome Barty

Earlier, Ashleigh Barty's dreams of a first home title were crushed by Petra Kvitova in the Sydney International, beaten in a three epic 1-6 , 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).

After Barty pulled out of the blocks in the first set and led the decisive 3-0 set, world number eight Kvitova fought over and over in the two-hour classic and 19 minutes while fighting fatigue to claim his second crown in Sydney

Forced to serve to stay in the game at the end of the second set, the Czech Republic's five-year-old Kvitova reacted to break Barty for the first time to take the set and send him

Both women have split three times in the third set, including Barty's efforts as Kvitova has served for the championship twice.

The Kvitova experience eventually paid off tiebreaker to claim his 26th victory in the WTA Tour.

In turn, he also delivered to Barty the second consecutive run-up run in Sydney, after losing to Angelique Kerber in last year's final.

"I left everything here and it was not enough," Barty said.

Regardless, he showed world number 15 Barty is ready to challenge anyone at the Australian Open next week.

He beat the world number one Simona Halep, number nine Kiki Bertens and number 12 Elise Mertens as he headed for the final.

Kvitova apologized to Barty and the Sydney audience for ruining Sydney's Australian party.

"Not to win at home, I'm sorry," Kvitova said.

"You know, one day you will do it for sure."

AAP

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First published

12 January 2019 20:43:11


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