Daniil Medvedev fights back to beat Alex De Minaur in Sydney final


De Minaur lost the final of the Sydney tournament to Daniil Medvedev 6-1 4-6 5-7, but he didn't make it easy for the Russian.

Barty went down in straight sets to a red-hot Kerber, while De Minaur staged a remarkable comeback before succumbing in three-thrilling sets. It would have made him the youngest player to win the Australian Open tune-up tournament in nearly two decades, since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt achieved the feat at the same age, but it wasn't to be.

"I feel quite confident, but at the same time, I know that Fabio is awesome player", Medvedev said.

"I didn't want to just not leave it all out there, especially for everyone who stayed out there".

"It's a five-set match, so I just need to do my best at recovery to be good on Tuesday".

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The majority of the crowd in Sydney was cheering for Australia's De Minaur, but after the match, Medvedev had this to say: "I think it (the crowd) works for everyone".

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.

But Medvedev lifted in the second set, cleaning up his unforced errors and pushing de Minaur to 3-3 before breaking the Australian's serve amid several tense, long rallies, including one totalling 31 shots.

Fired up young de Minaur worked away at Medvedev 's lead amid the din inside Ken Rosewall Arena. Then serving for the match at 5-4, he was easily broken by de Minaur, who had the home crowd roaring.

But with the match beyond two hours, the 18-year-old Aussie began to show signs of fatigue and it was his errors that handed Medvedev another chance to serve out for the title at 6-5.

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After a very quiet opening to the Selhurst Park clash, Wilfried Zaha set up Sako whose first-time effort was blocked. "Anything else would be a huge bonus, especially having started with seven games, seven defeats and no goals".

It was likely a preview of finals for years to come.

A big Blues fan, de Minaur revealed he's been inspired by NSW's "Blue Wall" cry having written just that on a camera after winning his semi-final in Sydney.

A win in the harbour city would have been a momentous occasion to savour, a first piece of silverware to reward the 18-year-old's breakout fortnight. He beat Frenchman Benoit Paire to reach the Sydney final after upsetting Milos Raonic to advance to the Brisbane International semi-finals last week before losing to American Ryan Harrison.

"I have enjoyed every second of it".

"I'm tremendously proud. I put in all the hard yards, and it's great to see the results coming through".

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