Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

De Minaur running hot at Next Gen Finals

De Minaur running hot at Next Gen Finals

Alex De Minaur battled through an epic five set match to secure his place in the finals of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, Friday.

De Minaur lost to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-2, 1-4, 4-3, 4-3 in the final but had beaten some of the rising stars of Tennis around the world in getting there.

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas is now scheduled to lock horns with Alex De Minaur of Australia in Sunday's final.

Tsitsipas, 20, capped a stellar season by winning the second title of 2018, a day after he was named most improved player on tour.

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The pair will play in the final on Saturday.

Tsitsipas now has two wins from two matches on tour against de Minaur, in addition to two wins from three encounters in qualies, Challengers and Futures events in 2017.

But he's top 15 and Munar is, I think, 18, 19 in the world, which looks like normally Tsitsipas supposed to win, like, not easy but with confidence, and the match was so close. "I had a chance twice to win the match, but remained calm".

But a missed forehand, followed by a lunging backhand volley by de Minaur saved two match points to force a tie-break.

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He added: "And I'm very happy it's over".

"I was down and out there and I managed to scrap my way (back) with a couple good returns and a couple long rallies". And both mentally and physically, I feel like it's time to take a break.

In sets up to four games in the under-21 tournament in Milan, Tsitsipas won 2-4 4-1 4-3 (6-3) 4-3 (6-3).

It is created to increase the number of pivotal moments in a match, while playing best-of-five sets does not alter the number of games required to win a match (12) from the traditional three-set scoring format.

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