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Sport Hewitt's advice for young gun De Minaur

10:51  13 january  2018
10:51  13 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

De Minaur's 'Blue Wall' behind Raonic win

  De Minaur's 'Blue Wall' behind Raonic win Rising Aussie tennis star Alex De Minaur has revealed the meaning behind the 'Blue Wall' catch cry he bellowed after beating Milos Raonic on Wednesday night. Alex De Minaur has credited Lleyton Hewitt and the NSW State of Origin team for providing the inspiration for his stunning Brisbane International victory over Milos Raonic.De Minaur shocked the big Canadian 6-4 6-4 in their second-round clash on Wednesday night to book a quarter-final match-up with another young gun on the rise, American qualifier Michael Mmoh.

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.

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.

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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.

a man wearing a hat: Lleyton Hewitt, left, and Alex De Minaur. © 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.

Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison

  Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison <p>The 18-year-old De <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="3" id="3">Minaur,</g> ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.</p>The 18-year-old De Minaur, ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon, missing out on a potential match-up with countryman Nick Kyrgios in the final.

Indeed, his Brisbane International semi-final run coupled with his appearance in the Sydney decider make de Minaur the youngest man to make back-to-back ATP tour semi-finals since an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal did so 13 years ago. Hewitt ' s advice for young gun De Minaur .

"(Hewitt) tells me just pretty much to stay tough, to not give anything away," De Minaur said.

"To show players in the locker room that this is my brand of tennis, what I come up with every time I step out on court.

"It's about showing that presence, and that's what I'm trying to pride myself on."

Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates his victory against Benoit Paire of France during men's singles semi-final at the Sydney International tennis tournament. © PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates his victory against Benoit Paire of France during men's singles semi-final at the Sydney International tennis tournament. De Minaur's opponent in the final is ranked 84th in the world and without a title to his name will be desperate to defeat the Aussie who is taking a pretty simple approach to the decider.

"It's going to be another battle. It's going to be fun," he said.

"I'm sure we are both going to come out swinging.

"It's just tennis at the end of the day.

"You each are trying to hit a yellow ball over the net, that's how I try to look at it."

With the Australian Open looming, De Minaur is set to face world no.20 Tomas Berdych in the first round.

The future of Australian tennis is bright with Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur .
Only one of them progressed through to the second round of the Australian Open, but both Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur have shown Australia that the future of tennis is very bright indeed. 21-year-old Barty defeated the shrieking Aryna Sabalenka 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to book a second-round match with Italian Camila Giorgi, while 18-year-old De Minaur went down fighting against world no.20 Tomáš Berdych, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.Barty is currently Australia's equal highest ranked tennis player at 17th in the world, sharing that honour with the divisive Nick Kyrgios.

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