Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Australian teenager bags maiden ATP title

Australian teenager bags maiden ATP title

Fifth seed Alex De Minaur of Australia won the Sydney International tennis tournament title on Saturday, to claim his first career ATP silverware.

The 19-year-old proved his burgeoning reputation as a fighter is deserved and he never looked in danger of suffering a repeat of last year's disappointment as he became the first Australian to lift the title since Bernard Tomic in 2013.

De Minaur and Seppi are set to fly to Melbourne in the next few hours to compete in the Australian Open tournament, which is the first ATP Grand Slam event of the 2019 season.

Asked if he had asked to have the match pushed back, de Minaur replied: "Yeah".

Victory over Simon meant the 19-year-old would have just a five-hour gap between that match and his final against Andreas Seppi, before flying to Melbourne on Sunday and starting his campaign on Monday afternoon.

Seppi, also 34, is playing in his first final in three-and-a-half years after beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Friday, having not won a tournament since 2012. It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way, ' de Minaur said. "And to finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and in the courts I grew up", he said. De Minaur, who earlier beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3 6-2 in the semi-finals, burst onto the tennis scene when he reached the Sydney final a year ago while ranked 167th in the world but lost to Russia's Daniil Medvedev.

"It took me a little to get used to conditions out here", Barty said.

He also showed no sign of nerves, landing 73 per cent of his first serves and bouncing back immediately after being broken midway through the second set and then three times when his world No.37 opponent had mini breaks in the tiebreaker.

"I'm extremely proud of myself".

"But this is what I do the hard work for, to go out there and back it up".

"But I feel like I am hitting the ball well and certainly happy to come through in pretty straightforward fashion". "Fitness-wise, I felt like I could keep going, as well".

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