De Minaur and Kvitova take out Sydney International tennis Open

Alex de Minaur

After the postponement of the match the previous night due to rain, de Minaur has just five hours to rest up and recover before his final against Andreas Seppi, has had an extra night up his sleeve to rest and prepare.

"It's always really tough to play my mate, a guy that I've grown up with and seen as a big brother to me", De Minaur said after the match.

Earlier in the evening, Ash Barty went down in three sets to Czech Petra Kvitova in a 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3) thriller Sydney International final.

"That's definitely special", de Minaur said as he reflected on being the youngest victor in Sydney since Hewitt.

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The 19-year-old managed to overcome two tie breaks in the nail-biting contest, winning the match in front of adoring home fans 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

He staved off four break points to serve out the first set and completed the win by reeling off four games in succession.

Kvitova had beaten Barty both the previous times they played, including in the Birmingham final in 2017, but she had to dig deep to win her eighth straight final, coming back from an 0-3 deficit in the final set.

The Queenslander also has more tennis under her belt than past year, winning two of three matches at the Hopman Cup, as opposed to being knocked out last summer in the opening round of the Brisbane International.

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"I thought it wouldn't happen".

Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur have shown no ill effects following their short turnaround from the Sydney International by collecting first-round triumphs at the Australian Open.

"You know, certainly with a week like this, I have had probably one of the best weeks of my career". Craig did talk to me yesterday about the fact that from next year they would look at playing the final on a Friday night instead of a Saturday so that the players do have 2 days before playing the Australian Open. "I'm ready to go. the body is feeling good", De Minaur, who is the 27th seed and highest-ranked Australian in the men's singles, told reporters. "I really appreciate the support", the young Australian said after reaching the Sydney International final for the second straight year, having lost last year's title to Russia's Daniil Medvedev, reports Efe news. I fell in love with tennis after the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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