Medvedev fights off de Minaur to win first ATP Tour title in Sydney
14 January, 2018, 00:03
De Minaur surged from a set down to outrally and ultimately outdo world No.42 Frenchman Benoit Paire 4-6 6-1 6-1 in Friday night's semi-final.
However, Medvedev managed to break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 advantage, before serving out the second set to win 6-4.
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.
But not before the young Russian endured the hometown favourite's captivating third-set comeback from 4-0 down to very almost pull the rug right out from under his feet.
While he lives in Spain, Sydney-born de Minaur will have the entire crowd behind him as he attempts to win his first tour title at Sydney Olympic Park.
But De Minaur proved too steady, winning 6-4 6-4 to become the youngest male semi-finalist at the event in almost 30 years.
The 18-year-old displayed encouraging poise to completely dominate from the second set.
"It's a five-set match, so I just need to do my best at recovery to be good on Tuesday".
Down 4-1, the young Aussie appeared well out of the contest, but two double-faults handed de Minaur a break point and Medvedev surrendered serve when he sprayed a forehand long.
Medvedev, the 21-year-old Russian, upset Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-4 6-1 in his semi-final, and recalled playing de Minaur during a sponsor's camp years ago.
For the women's team, the Italian Camila Giorgi beat with 6-1 and 6-2 the Polish Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the semifinals, instance in which she will face the German Angelique Kerber, who defeated the Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, 6- 3 and 6-1. He is now 1-1 in career ATP finals after losing the Chennai championship past year. "I played good tennis", Kerber said.
The two-and-a-half-hour match took over seven hours to complete due to persistent rain, but Mertens overcame three suspensions of play to go back-to-back in Hobart.
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