Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alex de Minaur, wins Next Gen Finals

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2018

He saved four match points after some poor reactions from de Minaur at the net and Munar had the momentum on his side now, winning the tie break 7-4 after a service victor to survive and set the match into a decider.

Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas shrugged off a freak hand injury to reach the Next Gen ATP Finals championship match with a 4-3 (7/3), 3-4 (5/7), 4-0, 2-4, 4-3 (7/2) win over Andrey Rublev on Friday.

The pair, neither of whom qualified for the inaugural event previous year, have been the most exciting breakthrough talents of 2018 so it was fitting the final pitted one against the other.

"It feels great. I've been playing some great tennis this week here in Milan", Tsitsipas said.

"I stayed calm although I had a chance twice to win the match but remained calm". "But I know there's another star who had three wins in a row in the other part of the draw".

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The format for the tournament is the best-of-five sets with shorter sets of four games, no-ad scoring at deuce and no lets on serve. Nonetheless, de Minaur raised his level in sets two and three to leave his rival far behind and overcome an early deficit to take control of the scoreboard. I was mentally very strong and that proved in the tiebreak in the last set.

Second seed de Minaur - who began the season at number 208 in the world rankings and reached a career-high 31 last month - had been undefeated until the final. Congratulations to Stef and his team for an awesome year and an fantastic week'.

"I never expected nearly anything that happened this year", said the player from Sydney.

The 20-year-old Greek, who had been the alternate last year, prevailed 2-4, 4-1, 4-3 (3), 4-3 (3).

'Hopefully I'm going to make the pre-season like I never did before and I can perform well next season and can compete with the top players'.

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