De Min­aur on roll in Next Gen fi­nals

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN ten­nis whizkid 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 af­ter en­ter­ing the semi- fi­nals hav­ing dropped just one set. I was down and out there and I man­aged to scrap my way ( back) with a cou­ple good re­turns and a cou­ple long ral­lies.

“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 with a four- set win over An­drey Rublev.

Alex de Min­aur.

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