The Australian Alex de Minaur overcame the first hurdle on Saturday in Gilles Simon to establish a final with Andreas Seppi at Sydney International as his candidacy for his first title of Senior Ramps.
Forced to play his semi-final on the last day of the tournament, after the rain wiped out his Friday night clash with Simon, de Minaur passed the 6-3 6-2 veteran at 94 & # 39; on Saturday to qualify for his second Sydney decree.
However, he has just over five hours to recover before facing Seppi in the final, with the Italian who had an extra night to rest and get ready.
"It was a rather brutal situation, it is probably the hottest day we have had and also very wet ̵
"I'll probably jump into the ice bath … and take some food inside of me and then maybe take a nap to try and freshen up.
" But that's what I do the hard work, to go out there and make a backup. I will do everything in my power to return to the final and leave everything out there. "
De Minaur takes the first set
The Australian teenager never seemed in danger against Simon, breaking the opening service of the French game and setting the victory with his typical court coverage and control and the wonderful calm.
At one point in the sixth game, he recovered two direct hits from his 34-year-old opponent, before Simon put his next winning attempt
He closed the first set with a gritty grip of strength from a game lasting 10 minutes, before winning the last four games of the second set to claim the match.
A tournament wins Sydney would have been the first of De Minaur in the world tour, after reaching two senior finals last year and having lost both, as well as the decisive Next Gen in Italy.
Seppi, also 34, is playing in his first final in three- and a year and a half after beating the Argentine Diego Schwartzman the veins rdì, not having w in a tournament since 2012.
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL: Live Match Center
Complete transmission times and times for the seventh day of the Sydney International
viewers can find all the shares of Sydney International live and free on 9, 9Gem and 9Now.
From 12pm to 3pm (AEDT) – Men & # 39; s Semi Final
From 3pm (AEDT) – Doubles, Women & # 39; s Final, Men & # 39; s Final
SYD & MELB BRISBANE ADELAIDE PERTH
12: 00-18: 00 Nine 11: 00-17: 00 Nine 11: 30-17: 30 Nine 09 : 00-10: 00 9Gem
10: 00-18: 00 Nine
18: 00-22: 00 9Gem * 17: 00-21: 00 9Gem * 17:30 -21: 30 9Gem * 18: 00-19: 00 9Gem *
* If De Minaur wins his semi-final, the men's final will be transferred to Nove.
– with AAP