De Minaur marches on in style at Next Gen ATP Finals
AUSTRALIAN tennis star Alex de Minaur will go into the last four of the Next Gen ATP Finals undefeated after beating American Taylor Fritz.
Second-seed de Minaur was at his gritty best to save five set points in a tie-break and claim the opening set before running away with a 4-3 (10-8), 4-1, 4-2 victory in his final group stage match in Paris.
“I just had to dig deep,” the 19-year-old said yesterday after entering the semi-finals having dropped just one set.
“I was down and out there and I managed to scrap my way (back).
“I managed to get that one cheap point and was able to serve it out, so that first set was crucial.”
The Sydney-born star had already booked his spot in the semi-finals on Thursday with a four-set win over 2017 runnerup Andrey Rublev, after earlier thrashing Italian wildcard entrant Liam Caruana.
De Minaur, the 21-andunder tournament’s youngest entrant, now faces sixth-seed Spaniard Jaume Munar for a place in the final.