De Minaur shines but Millman exits Sydney

Carrie Guzman
January 14, 2019

The youngster ended his Sydney campaign in the best possible way, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 in the final to lift his maiden ATP title and become the first ATP victor born in 1999!

The 19-year-old wore down Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (5) to win the Sydney International late on Saturday - his second match in five hours.

The unflappable 19-year-old was set to take the court against Gilles Simon on Friday night, before more than four hours of rain set in and washed away most of the evening's action.

De Minaur's triumph made him the youngest victor of the Sydney tournament since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed it as a 19-year-old in 2001.

'It's surreal. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win.

Down in the first set and looking in trouble in the second, the two-time Grand slam victor fought her way back to edge out Barty in a three-set thriller 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

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Kvitova had beaten Barty both the previous times they played, including in the Birmingham final in 2017, but she had to dig deep to win her eighth straight final, coming back from an 0-3 deficit in the final set.

"I think once you start thinking in different ways to deal with these situations, that's the wrong thing to do", he said.

The 34-year-old Seppi, playing in his first decider in more than three years, hasn't won a tournament since 2012.

No preoccupation with the potential third-round clash against Rafael Nadal at the Australian, not even his opening match of the Grand Slam in Melbourne against Pedro Sousa.

The Australian has a winning record over Simon, having beaten him in their only match up in Tokyo past year. "It's probably the hottest day we've had and very humid as well - long rallies and pretty taxing", de Minaur said after his triumph. "You know, one day you're going to make it for sure".

"I'm very happy with my efforts here". I mean, this is why I have done all the hard work in the preseason. I feel like I have dealt with the situations really well, focusing on what I need to focus on, which is me going out there every single point and just competing.

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