De Min­aur marches on in style at Next Gen ATP Fi­nals

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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.

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