Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Greece's Tsitsipas beats de Minaur to win Next Gen ATP Final

Greece's Tsitsipas beats de Minaur to win Next Gen ATP Final

Australian teenager Alex de Minaur reached the Next Gen ATP Finals championship match on Friday with a 3-4 (5/7), 4-1, 4-1, 3-4 (4/7), 4-2 victory over Spain's Jaume Munar.

De Minaur wasted four successive match points at the end of the fourth set and Munar saved another on his service in the fifth but the 19-year-old booked his place in the final on his sixth opportunity.

The Greek has firmly established himself as one of the leading lights of his generation and he triumphed over another tipped to have a bright future with a 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-3) 4-3 (7-3) win against the Australian.

The event does not award any ranking points, meaning Tsitsipas will remain at his current position of 15 in the world.

Following Denis Shapovalov's withdrawal, the pair were the top-ranked players at the experimental event in Milan, and their supremacy was evident as they both went unbeaten through the event to reach the final.

"It feels great. I've been playing some great tennis this week here in Milan", Tsitsipas said. I was mentally very strong and that proved in the tiebreak in the last set.

Munar scored three mini-breaks in the tie break to win it 7-5 after an ace, continuing where he left in the previous matches and setting the ground for another surprising win.

"It's been an incredible year and I'm just riding this roller-coaster".

"That being said, this week there is coaching allowed, and I've made very good use of it and it's actually helped out a lot".

"I know it is going to be tough, so I'm going to have to be prepared for that". It's been a long season, a season I'll never forget.

He broke in the second game of the second set with a flawless lob victor and closed the set in game five with an ace for a 4-1, eager for more of the same in the rest of the match.

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