Sport Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur

10:51  13 january  2018
10:51  13 january  2018 Source:   Sporting News

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The youngest person to reach the Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000, 18-year-old Alex De Minaur has been given some words of wisdom by his Australian mentor.

De Minaur shocked the big Canadian 6-4 6-4 in their second-round clash on Wednesday night to book a quarter-final match-up with another young gun on the rise, American qualifier Michael Mmoh. It was by far the biggest win of the 18-year-old’s career as he showed flashes of his mentor Hewitt ’ s

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The youngest person to reach the Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000, 18-year-old Alex De Minaur has been given some words of wisdom by his Australian mentor.

Set to contest his first ever ATP final against Russian Daniil Medvedev, De Minaur has started 2018 with a bang to defy his world no.187 ranking.

a man wearing a hat: Lleyton Hewitt, left, and Alex De Minaur. © Sporting News Lleyton Hewitt, left, and Alex De Minaur. Hewitt, who won the Sydney International in 2000 as a teenager and again in 2001, has been keeping a close eye on De Minaur who's taken advice from Hewitt very much to heart.

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"(Hewitt) tells me just pretty much to stay tough, to not give anything away," De Minaur said.

"To show players in the locker room that this is my brand of tennis, what I come up with every time I step out on court.

"It's about showing that presence, and that's what I'm trying to pride myself on."

Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates his victory against Benoit Paire of France during men's singles semi-final at the Sydney International tennis tournament. © PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates his victory against Benoit Paire of France during men's singles semi-final at the Sydney International tennis tournament. De Minaur's opponent in the final is ranked 84th in the world and without a title to his name will be desperate to defeat the Aussie who is taking a pretty simple approach to the decider.

"It's going to be another battle. It's going to be fun," he said.

"I'm sure we are both going to come out swinging.

"It's just tennis at the end of the day.

"You each are trying to hit a yellow ball over the net, that's how I try to look at it."

With the Australian Open looming, De Minaur is set to face world no.20 Tomas Berdych in the first round.

Alex De Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt .
Alex de Minaur came from a set down to beat Benoit Paire and book his place in the Sydney International final.The prodigious Australian downed Paire 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, to set up a showdown with Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev and become the first 18-year-old into the Sydney final since mentor Lleyton Hewitt won the tournament in 2000.

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