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Sport Sydney International: Alex De Minaur falls at final hurdle as Daniil Medvedev wins first title

02:10  14 january  2018
02:10  14 january  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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.

Worked up: Alex de Minaur reacts to winning a crucial point against Daniil Medvedev . Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final .

Alex De Minaur falls just short of Brisbane International final after losing to Ryan Harrison. Alex de Minaur ’s remarkable Sydney International run has come to an end after falling to Daniil Medvedev in a marathon three-set final .

Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final.© AAP Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final.

Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday.

The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the iron-willed Russian 21-year-old, who led 4-0 in the final set before staving off an incredible fightback to land his maiden ATP tour title.

De Minaur hauled himself from the canvas to break Medvedev twice and get the final set back on serve at 5-5 before his 21-year-old opponent had the last laugh in front of a raucous crowd on Ken Rosewall Arena.

Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals

  Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur breezes through to Sydney quarter finals Alex de Minaur is through to the Sydney International quarter finals after Damir Dzumhur was forced to retire.But not before being blown off the court by 18-year-old de Minaur, ranked 167 in the world, who added another scalp to his 2018 list which also includes Milos Raonic and Fernando Verdasco. In the last week and a half he's beaten four top-50 ranked players.

Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev repelled a stirring Alex de Minaur fightback to win an enthralling Sydney International final on Saturday.The two hour, 12 minute epic marked the end of the de Minaur freight train at this tournament, Australia's newest superstar finally derailed by the iron-willed Russian

Sydney International : Alex De Minaur falls at final hurdle as Daniil - www.theage.com.au. Sealed with a kiss: Daniil Medvedev blows a kiss after winning the Sydney International final . Photo: AAP.

Worked up: Alex de Minaur reacts to winning a crucial point against Daniil Medvedev.© AAP Worked up: Alex de Minaur reacts to winning a crucial point against Daniil Medvedev. Earlier on, the Australian upstart impressively won the first set but the 1.98m Russian fought back strongly, cutting down his unforced errors and starting to gain the ascendancy in the entertaining rallies that ensued.

Ultimately, Medvedev ended de Minaur's stirring fortnight on a sour note heading into a first-round Australian Open showdown with one-time Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych next week, but the 18-year-old will still take much from an incredible start to 2018.

In two short weeks he has become Australia's favourite tennis player. The world No. 167 will also rocket up the rankings roughly 40 places having made his maiden tour final.

Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final

  Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday. Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup and now all four in Sydney en route to the final.She will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.In a match that included 11 breaks of serve, Barty needed just one in the third set.

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He is one of the smallest players on tour at just 69kg, about a quarter of which is made up by his heart.

Alex De Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt

  Alex De Minaur the youngest player to make Sydney International final since Lleyton Hewitt Alex de Minaur came from a set down to beat Benoit Paire and book his place in the Sydney International final.The prodigious Australian downed Paire 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, to set up a showdown with Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev and become the first 18-year-old into the Sydney final since mentor Lleyton Hewitt won the tournament in 2000.

Alex de Minaur of Australia looks on during the men's final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia.© AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Alex de Minaur of Australia looks on during the men's final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia. His win over Benoit Paire made him the youngest player since Rafael Nadal in 2005 to make back-to-back semi-finals on tour, following his impressive showing at the Brisbane International last week.

Moments after his gutsy loss to Medvedev, de Minaur smiled graciously as he held up the runner's up trophy.

Like everything this past fortnight, he handled the defeat with aplomb. But behind that smile was more than a glint of disappointment, and this tournament should only spur de Minaur on to greater things in 2018.

Barty out to join Australia's Open party .
First-time Australian Open seed Ashleigh Barty has promised to embrace the pressure of being Australia's top-ranked woman when she kicks off at Melbourne Park.The Australian No.1 is the last match on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, taking on Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

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