Sport Sydney International: Alex De Minaur falls at final hurdle as Daniil Medvedev wins first title

02:10  14 january  2018
02:10  14 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday. The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the

Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday. The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the

Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final.© AAP Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final.

Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday.

The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the iron-willed Russian 21-year-old, who led 4-0 in the final set before staving off an incredible fightback to land his maiden ATP tour title.

De Minaur hauled himself from the canvas to break Medvedev twice and get the final set back on serve at 5-5 before his 21-year-old opponent had the last laugh in front of a raucous crowd on Ken Rosewall Arena.

De Minaur Australia's new tennis hero

  De Minaur Australia's new tennis hero Alex de Minaur may not have won the Sydney International final but the 18-year-old has well and truly won over the people. And judging by the last fortnight, it won't be long before Australia's newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game.The man who beat him in Saturday's final, Daniil Medvedev, was quick to label de Minaur "the future of tennis".But not before the young Russian endured the hometown favourite's captivating third-set comeback from 4-0 down to very nearly pull the rug right out from under his feet.

Aussie Alex De Minaur will look to cap off a dream run at the Sydney International by defeating rising star Daniil Medvedev en route to claiming his first ATP tour title . Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7pm AEDT.

Daniil Medvedev of Russia holds his trophy after his win over Alex De Minaur of Australia | AP. SYDNEY : Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev fought off tigerish Australian youngster Alex de Minaur to win his first ATP Tour title at the Sydney International on Saturday.

Worked up: Alex de Minaur reacts to winning a crucial point against Daniil Medvedev.© AAP Worked up: Alex de Minaur reacts to winning a crucial point against Daniil Medvedev. Earlier on, the Australian upstart impressively won the first set but the 1.98m Russian fought back strongly, cutting down his unforced errors and starting to gain the ascendancy in the entertaining rallies that ensued.

Ultimately, Medvedev ended de Minaur's stirring fortnight on a sour note heading into a first-round Australian Open showdown with one-time Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych next week, but the 18-year-old will still take much from an incredible start to 2018.

In two short weeks he has become Australia's favourite tennis player. The world No. 167 will also rocket up the rankings roughly 40 places having made his maiden tour final.

Barty out to join Australia's Open party

  Barty out to join Australia's Open party First-time Australian Open seed Ashleigh Barty has promised to embrace the pressure of being Australia's top-ranked woman when she kicks off at Melbourne Park.The Australian No.1 is the last match on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, taking on Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

Alex de Minaur ’s remarkable Sydney International run has come to an end after falling to Daniil Medvedev in a marathon three-set final . The Australian teen sensation fought back from 4-0 down on Saturday night in a

Tennis: Alex De Minaur is through to his first ATP final after he beat Paire. January 12th 2018. De Minaur lost the final of the Sydney tournament to Daniil Medvedev 6- 1 4-6 5-7, but he didn’t make it easy for the Russian.

He is one of the smallest players on tour at just 69kg, about a quarter of which is made up by his heart.

Alex De Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt

  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.

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 .

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. Alex de Minaur played brilliantly but Daniil Medvedev was too strong.

Alex de Minaur of Australia looks on during the men's final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia.© AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Alex de Minaur of Australia looks on during the men's final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia. His win over Benoit Paire made him the youngest player since Rafael Nadal in 2005 to make back-to-back semi-finals on tour, following his impressive showing at the Brisbane International last week.

Moments after his gutsy loss to Medvedev, de Minaur smiled graciously as he held up the runner's up trophy.

Like everything this past fortnight, he handled the defeat with aplomb. But behind that smile was more than a glint of disappointment, and this tournament should only spur de Minaur on to greater things in 2018.

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals .
Alex de Minaur is through to the Sydney International quarter finals after Damir Dzumhur was forced to retire.But not before being blown off the court by 18-year-old de Minaur, ranked 167 in the world, who added another scalp to his 2018 list which also includes Milos Raonic and Fernando Verdasco. In the last week and a half he's beaten four top-50 ranked players.

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