Magical Medvedev earns maiden ATP title

Magical Medvedev earns maiden ATP title

De Minaur is about to contest the biggest match of his rapidly ascending career and, come the end of tonight's decider against Daniil Medvedev, could find himself the holder of a maiden ATP title.

Medvedev completed a all-conquering week to hit back from losing the opening set to extinguish de Minaur , 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

The Australian teen sensation fought back from 4-0 down in a heart-stopping deciding set and saved a match point under enormous pressure at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday night. "If the crowd goes really insane, sometimes it can turn you on, also".

Meantime, Off the court, Alex De Minaur reacts as one would expect from a teenager who's just become the youngest player in almost two decades to make a Sydney International final.

"I played the last match of 2017 against her, so it was not so long ago and I know what to expect".

Next to nothing has stopped de Minaur this year.

Another in Sydney would have been a momentous occasion to savour, a first piece of silverware to reward the 18-year-old's breakout fortnight.

A win would have secured the 80th rank in the world for the youngster, although he could still rank inside the top 100 heading into the Australian Open.

"After the match, I didn't fall down or anything, but I'm really happy".

Looking ahead to the Australian Open he added: "I need to be humble with this, because to win this tournament is good, but I want to win some rounds in Australia".

As it stands, world No.167 de Minaur is the lowest-ranked Sydney finalist since No.223 Andrei Cherkasov in 1989.

Medvedev struggled in the opening set with the crowd firmly behind De Minaur, yet he put an uncertain start behind him to win a thrilling battle at Ken Rosewall Arena, where Angelique Kerber earlier defeated another Australian, Ash Barty, in the women's final.

Down 5-3, de Minaur saved a set point and held serve but his opponent held his nerve to level the ledger.

Medvedev took that momentum into the final set and raced to a 4-0 lead.

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