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05:05  14 january  2018
05:05  14 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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.

Alex de Minaur may not have won the Sydney International final but the 18-year-old has well and truly won over the people. And judging by the last fortnight, it won't be long before Australia ' s newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game.

Alex de Minaur may not have won the Sydney International final but the 18-year-old has well and truly won over the people. And judging by the last fortnight, it won't be long before Australia ' s newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game.

Alex de Minaur of Australia poses for a photograph with the runner-up trophy after being defeated by Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men's final match at the Sydney International Tennis Tournament.© AAP Image Alex de Minaur of Australia poses for a photograph with the runner-up trophy after being defeated by Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men's final match at the Sydney International Tennis Tournament.

He's got fans swooning and has captured the hearts of past and present players worldwide, even Andy Murray is on the bandwagon.

Alex de Minaur may not have won the Sydney International final but the 18-year-old has well and truly won over the people.

And judging by the last fortnight, it won't be long before Australia's newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game.

De Minaur upsets Verdasco in Sydney tennis

  De Minaur upsets Verdasco in Sydney tennis Australian teen sensation Alex de Minaur is through to the second round of the Sydney International after defeating Fernando Verdasco.Less than a week after reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane, the 18-year-old de Minaur showed off his trademark fighting qualities on Tuesday to beat the Spanish veteran 6-4 6-2.

And judging by the last fortnight, it won't be long before Australia ' s newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game. The man who beat him in Saturday's final, Daniil Medvedev, was quick to label de Minaur "the future of tennis ".

Alex de Minaur may not have won the Sydney International final but the 18-year-old has well and truly won over the people. And judging by the past fortnight, it won't be long before Australia ' s newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game.

The man who beat him in Saturday's final, Daniil Medvedev, was quick to label de Minaur "the future of tennis".

But not before the young Russian endured the hometown favourite's captivating third-set comeback from 4-0 down to very nearly pull the rug right out from under his feet.

Despite admitting afterwards his tank was close to empty, de Minaur's grit and insatiable tenacity only fuelled comparisons to a young Lleyton Hewitt in front of a zealous crowd.

His repertoire of shots and undaunted approach to big opponents have done that likeness favours too, and been the bread and butter of his extraordinary breakthrough.

Australian Open: Alex De Minaur one to watch after win over Fernando Verdasco at Sydney International

  Australian Open: Alex De Minaur one to watch after win over Fernando Verdasco at Sydney International Australian teen sensation Alex De Minaur's sizzling form has continued with an upset win over Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of the Sydney International.&nbsp;Fresh off his stunning form in Brisbane, where he reached the last four in stunning style, the 18-year-old produced a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 win over the Spanish world number 40.

“ Australia ’ s got a good one there,” Zverev said of world No.139 de Minaur . “He is playing unbelievable tennis for an 18-year-old.” Hero cops save elderly man from burning car. Beyonce shows off stunt double twins during her tour’s opening night.

I'm a proud New South Welshman," de Minaur said after his victory on Friday. Long rated as an excellent prospect by Tennis Australia , de Minaur has the kind of background that makes his loyalty to these shores a matter of good fortune.

"It's been a roller coaster, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way," de Minaur said.

"I have enjoyed every second of it. It's been a thrill, and I just want it to keep on going.

"I'm tremendously proud. I put in all the hard yards and it's great to see I've got the level to beat these guys and make back-to-back great results.

"That's something I was really trying to work on from last year, to be more consistent, and I felt like I proved myself in that aspect these two weeks."

As Darren Cahill, the Australian former player and current coach of women's world No.1 Simona Halep, observed, to outdo a breakout week one week later "shows the moxy of this young fella".

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's advice for young gun De Minaur 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. © 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.

And judging by the last fortnight, it won't be long before Australia ' s newest tennis hero has established himself among the cream of the men's game. The man who beat him in Saturday's final, Daniil Medvedev, was quick to label de Minaur "the future of tennis ".

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At the start of this week his world ranking sat at No.167; by the beginning of next that's projected to rise 40 places.

Even Britain's three-time grand slam winner Murray was full of compliments for the Sydney-born boy who splits his time between Australia and Spain.

"I wish I was as grown up as Alex de Minaur on the tennis court, great attitude! Love watching him play," Murray wrote on Twitter.

Likeable, well-mannered and gracious in defeat are all part of de Minaur's appeal.

He's the kid who rocks up to his press conference wearing his NSW State of Origin jersey and espouses his 'Blue wall' philosophy of not letting a ball pass his diminutive frame.

Not many do, as high-profile victims Milos Raonic, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez can attest.

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

But the Czech veteran has already been put on notice.

"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.

"They're all going to have to beat me. That's what I pride myself on."

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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