Sport Medvedev denies local teenager De Minaur in Sydney final

14:15  13 january  2018
14:15  13 january  2018 Source:   Omnisport

De Minaur extends dream run by reaching Sydney final

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World reacts to Aussie teen Alex De Minaur ’s brave loss in Sydney International final . Medvedev was humble in victory, apologising to the Sydney crowd for defeating the local hero and calling De Minaur the “future of tennis”.

Alex de Minaur ’s remarkable Sydney International run has come to an end after falling to Daniil Medvedev in a marathon three-set final . But the stubborn Russian qualifier won the mental battle, eventually wearing the local favourite down to prevail 1-6 6-4 7-5 in two hours and 12 minutes.

DaniilMedvedevcropped: Sydney International champion Daniil Medvedev © Provided by Omnisport Sydney International champion Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev failed to read the script as he came from a set down to beat local teenager Alex de Minaur and win his first ATP World Tour title at the Sydney International.

De Minaur has experienced a dream week in his home city and dominated the opening set of the final on Saturday, but 21-year-old Russian Medvedev battled back to triumph 1-6 6-4 7-5.

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.

De Minaur hopes to keep riding the wave in Melbourne

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Teen Alex De Minaur is the youngest Sydney finalist since Lleyton Hewitt won the title in 2000 at the same age. World No.84 Medvedev , who upset fourth seed Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-4 6-1 in his semi- final , knew the challenge he faced in de Minaur .

Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final . Photo: AAP. Moments after his gutsy loss to Medvedev , de Minaur smiled graciously as he held up the runner's up trophy.

De Minaur, 18, had won 11 of his previous 12 matches in a superb start to the season and rallied from 4-1 down in the final set before qualifier Medvedev denied him the biggest moment of his fledgling career two days before the Australian Open begins.

Medvedev was blown away in the opening set, a vibrant 167-ranked De Minaur -  the youngest ATP World Tour finalist since 2016 - handling the pressure impressively, breaking three times to leave his opponent startled.

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.

The momentum was firmly with Medvedev, who charged into a 4-0 lead as De Minaur tightened up, but the teenager was not finished yet, saving a match point prior to getting back on serve at 5-5, as the pair continued to trade punches.

Medvedev put the psychological blow of failing to serve out the match behind him, breaking straight back and this time serving out the match to love.

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