Tsitsipas, De Minaur overcome challenges in Milan

11 November, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas may be the star attraction at the Next Gen ATP Finals but Australian Alex de Minaur said Thursday he was "having a hell of a year" as both raced into the semifinals of the season-ending tournament for players aged under-21 with only one set dropped in three games.

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

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

It has also been a breakthrough season for the Greek players who claimed the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year and reached his first Masters final at the Canadian Open.

He is the youngest player ranked in the top 20 by the ATP and has a career-high ranking of No 15 in the world. I was mentally very strong and that proved in the tiebreak in the last set.

The second-seeded De Minaur wasted four successive match points at the end of the fourth set and Munar saved another on his service in the fifth but the 19-year-old booked his place in the final on his sixth opportunity.


Munar scored three mini-breaks in the tie break to win it 7-5 after an ace, continuing where he left in the previous matches and setting the ground for another surprising win.

"I was always, you know, had to run for the towel, always had it in my mind when I was playing".

"That being said, this week there is coaching allowed, and I've made very good use of it and it's actually helped out a lot".

De Minaur was in uncharted territory, having lost just one set throughout round-robin play, but he quickly regrouped.

The tournament is being played under a revised format that includes shorter sets to four games, best of five-set matches, no AD scoring, no lets and a shot clock.

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