Saturday, 23 March, 2019

De Minaur downs Seppi to win Sydney International title

Alex de Minaur Alex de Minaur
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2019, 18:54

Kenin now proceeds to Melbourne where she will play Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova in round one of the Australian Open.

Alex de Minaur of Australia celebrates defeating Andreas Seppi of Italy in the men's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

The 19-year-old Australian assumed control of the match in hot conditions when he broke Simon in his first service game, before wrapping up the match in 94 minutes.

Alex de Minaur is up and running at Melbourne Park, the teenage warrior kick-starting his Australian Open campaign with a straight-sets win over Pedro Sousa. "This tournament hasn't finished for me".

"I've got a lot of expectations now". I've got my semi-finals.

De Minaur, the 2018 ATP newcomer of the year, still had a break of serve up his sleeve and it proved enough security for him to finish off his opponent in just under two hours.

"I've just got to focus on doing the right things and looking after myself, listening to the great group of guys I've got around me and just keep doing what I'm doing, keep trying to improve every single day and getting out there and competing", de Minaur said.

Mass drug overdose in California kills 1, leaves 12 more hospitalized
A person affiliated with the house where the overdoses occurred called 911 on Saturday morning at around 9:12 a.m local time. The Daily Mail is reporting one man dead and 12 more hospitalized after "mass overdose" in California caused by fentanyl.

Jordan Thompson reacts to a missed opportunity.

De Minaur was forced to play two matches in one day at the Sydney International on Saturday, after rain washed away his semi-final against Gilles Simon on Friday night.

Against Thompson, the teenager outlasted his mate in a gruelling first set before running home. "Walking down the tunnel, you see his name on the board four times", said De Minaur of Hewitt.

"I'm really happy to have won".

"I'm going to do everything in my power to come back in the final and leave it all out there".

"Very proud of the work we put in in the off-season". I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow.

The Queenslander also has more tennis under her belt than past year, winning two of three matches at the Hopman Cup, as opposed to being knocked out last summer in the opening round of the Brisbane International.

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