Sport Australian Open: Alex De Minaur, Ash Barty fall short at Sydney International, but the future is bright

15:40  13 january  2018
15:40  13 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur

  Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur 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. © 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.

ALEX de Minaur fell agonisingly short of his first ATP title in Sydney but the teenager star has scored a meeting with NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler in Melbourne next week to bolster his Australian Open preparation.

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Ashleigh Barty of Australia.© AAP Image Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

Though a Saturday in Sydney that promised so much failed to bring two breakthrough titles, there's a sense Australian tennis is on the verge of something big.

Both Alex De Minaur and Ash Barty found themselves on the wrong side of the post-match photos, forcing a defeated grin rather than beaming a victorious smile, but even before their Sydney International finals had been decided, they'd won over much of the tennis world.

Barty's afternoon battle with the rejuvenated Angelique Kerber was far from a walkover, with the red-hot German a deserved 6-4, 6-4 winner.

The 21-year-old Aussie made more errors than she usually would, perhaps a by-product of big-stage nerves, but Barty more than looked like she belonged in a WTA final against one of the biggest names in the women's game.

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Sydney ’s Alex De Minaur has been awarded a wildcard into the Sydney International , joining Ash Barty , Daria Gavrilova and fellow wildcard recipients Sam Stosur and Jordan Thompson in the main draw.

And, crucially, she knew it.

"I felt like it was a pretty good level," Barty said. "To be honest, I felt like I probably played some of the better tennis that I have this week.

"And Angie is on fire. She's such a competitor and makes you work so hard for each point."

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De Minaur's frustration will be more acute. Unlike Barty, he had a significant grip on his clash with Daniil Medvedev — the teenager completely dominated the first set, and was on top in the second before the Russian flicked a switch.

But on the night, what was even more impressive than De Minaur's speed, touch or aggressive ground strokes was his heart. Seemingly down and out at 4-0 in the third and with Medvedev playing inspired tennis, he pulled a comeback from nowhere.

It was as if De Minaur had spent his formative years watching Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios receive extreme criticism for lacking that very trait, and was hell bent on showing Australia, at the first possible opportunity, he was something different.

Perhaps not since Lleyton Hewitt has a young Aussie male chased down lost causes and turned around extreme deficits as impressively as De Minaur did on this night. That he eventually succumbed to an exhausting defeat was to the immense of credit of Medvedev, himself a young player of great potential.

Ashleigh Barty to meet Daria Gavrilova in Sydney International semis ahead of Australian Open

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Alex De Minaur 's scintillating run of form has come to a heartbreaking close as Russian Daniil Medvedev outclassed him in a remarkable comeback in the Sydney International final. Luck wasn't on Australia 's side in the harbour city with Newcombe Medallist Ash Barty going down to Angelique

He doesn't have the serve, power or flair of Kyrgios, not by a long shot, but you get the feeling a match between the two of them, with the stakes raised, would be a hell of a sight.

And it's not just Australia that was left impressed.

The emergence and improvement of these two, along with Daria Gavrilova and Kyrgios, are a welcome tonic for Tennis Australia. Too often over the past few years has controversy and complaint reigned, but the conversation now seems to be turning back to the court.

An Australian Open beckons, and a golden opportunity looms for these young dynamos to turn a summer of promise into something historic.

Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison .
<p>The 18-year-old De <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="3" id="3">Minaur,</g> ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.</p>The 18-year-old De Minaur, ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.

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