De Minaur impresses to reach first ATP Tour final
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.