Medvedev Denies Local Teenager De Minaur In Sydney Final

De Minaur hopes to keep riding the wave in Melbourne

Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation poses for a photograph with the winner's trophy after defeating Alex de Minaur of Australia in the men's final match at the Sydney International Tennis Tournament at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Sydney, Australia, 13 January 2018.

The gritty Spaniard raced through the first set and then proved just the stronger in the decider to win 6-1 4-6 7-5.

"I want all the players out in the locker room to know that I'm going to give it 100 per cent and fight until the last point", de Minaur said. "I reckon it's probably my latest night I played, and it was great to play in front of such an energetic crowd".

"It's insane. I didn't expect it at all, but I have just been riding this wave", de Minaur said.

Next to nothing has stopped de Minaur this year.

Eleven wins from his past 12 matches.

It would have made him the youngest player to win the Australian Open tune-up tournament in nearly two decades, since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt achieved the feat at the same age.

"Obviously a very tough match, but, look, I'm looking forward to it". It's a good start of the year for me.

All of 18 years old, de Minaur earned his spot in the Sydney field by reaching last week's Brisbane semis.

That ranking is soon set to rise to No.127 as he embarks on an Australian Open campaign starting against Tomas Berdych.

It wasn't long until Medvedev regained his advantage, breaking the next game and aceing his way to a 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory to take home the Sydney International trophy.

By the match's half-hour mark, de Minaur had already broken Medvedev three times and converted his third set point, much to the delight of the packed crowd at Ken Rosewall Arena.

World number 84 Medvedev looked far more composed in the second, gaining his reward with the only break and taking a tense battle into a final set when De Minaur was unable to return a powerful serve.

Now Tomas Berdych awaits in the Australian Open's first round and a tired de Minaur must regroup quickly to be ready for the five-set format.

But Medvedev broke serve again and this time held firm to clinch his first ATP Tour title.

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