De Min­aur im­presses to reach first ATP Tour fi­nal

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Alex De Min­aur sur­passed his Bris­bane achieve­ments by reach­ing his first ATP Tour fi­nal at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional.

The 18-year-old Aus­tralian had only won two tour level matches prior to last week but, af­ter reach­ing the semi-fi­nals in Bris­bane, notched up his sev­enth of the sea­son with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over French­man Benoit Paire.

De Min­aur has a new fan in Bil­lie Jean King, who com­pared the teenager to his coun­try­man Lley­ton He­witt.

“He is so much fun, he’s great, I just love him, he’s adorable,” said King. “He’s got so much fight. He’s like Lley­ton He­witt.”

In the fi­nal, De Min­aur will face Rus­sian qual­i­fier Daniil Medvedev, who also came from a set down to beat fourth seed Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

At the ASB Clas­sic in Auck­land, Juan Martin del Potro de­feated David Fer­rer 6-4 6-4 to reach the fi­nal.

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