Alex De Minaur wins his first career title in Sydney

Alex De Minaur wins his first career title in Sydney

Returning to the court just six hours after he was forced to finish his semi-final on Saturday afternoon after rain washed out play on Friday night, the Sydney-born star was broken in the first game of the match but it proved to be one of his few blights.

An ice bath, a massage and a private jet ride from Sydney to Melbourne after winning his first ATP title has refreshed Alex de Minaur enough for him to state he is ready to lead the host nation's hopes for the men's title at the Australian Open. "What's more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home slam", said the 27th seed.

After holding serve to clinch the first set, de Minaur won four straight games in the second to seal the comfortable win.

De Minaur breezed to a 6-3 6-2 win in just over an hour and a half in sappingly hot conditions at Homebush.

The feisty 19-year-old won Sydney on Saturday beating veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5).

The up-and-coming star's straight sets victory is the flawless warm-up two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

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Barty also insisted she'd enter this year's tournament better placed and as a better player than the one who was knocked out last year in the third round.

"And to finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and in the courts I grew up".

De Minaur, who entered the Open at a career-high ranking of 29, claimed a single break of serve in the opening set to gain the early ascendancy against Sousa. It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way, ' de Minaur said.

"A lot of work, a lot of training, a lot of sacrifice goes into even making a final and to get a win, I'm speechless".

"But I feel like I am hitting the ball well and certainly happy to come through in pretty straightforward fashion".

"I came out and absolutely wouldn't be the player I am today if I didn't go".

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