Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex de Minaur won their way through to the Next Gen ATP Final on Friday, defeating Andrey Rublev and Jaume Munar.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex de Minaur will meet in the championship match of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, after both went the distance in respective victories on Friday.
Aussie De Minaur’s breakthrough season got even better in the early match, as the 19-year-old defeated Spaniard Jaume Munar 3-4(5), 4-1, 4-1, 3-4(4), 4-2.
De Minaur is now an impressive 28-22 on the year after entering 2018 with just two tour-level match wins to his record. The second seed has not lost a match at the Fiera Milano, winning Group B before battling past Munar in exactly two hours.
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De Minaur was in uncharted territory, having lost just one set throughout round-robin play, but he quickly regrouped. He is now Australia’s highest ranked player at No. 31.
Afterwards, the Greek World No. 15 was also tested but eventually saw his way past last year’s finalist, Russian Andrey Rublev, 4-3(3), 3-4(5), 4-0, 2-4, 4-3(2).
Also undefeated in group play, top seed Tsitsipas claimed the win and the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year trophy.
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“I’m going to have to play differently than today,” he said post-match. “And press, but not over-press, because that’s what he’s waiting for. Be wise, be patient on the court and make him move, make him run.”