Heartbreak as resilient De Minaur falls in Sydney International final

Teenager Alex de Minaur says he's unafraid of tennis' bigger names heading into the Australian Open

Now the 18-year-old will look to advance to his maiden ATP tour final when he meets the 42nd-ranked Frenchman Benoit Paire in what is expected to be a packed Ken Rosewall Arena on Friday night.

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.

Next to nothing has stopped de Minaur this year.

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. It's been a thrill, and I just want it to keep on going.

"Especially to play on your home court, it meant a lot for me to get that win". I'm sure he wouldn't make the comeback in the third set without the crowd.

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

The German former world No.1 is yet to be beaten in 2018.

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Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev on Saturday defeated Alex de Minaur of Australia to win the men's singles crown at the Sydney International, the first title of his career.

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. "Love watching him play", Murray wrote on Twitter.

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.

Meantime, Off the court, Alex De Minaur reacts as one would expect from a teenager who's just become the youngest player in almost two decades to make a Sydney International final.

His list of victims, which includes established players Milos Raonic, Fernando Verdasco and Damir Dzumhur, is growing with every tournament.

De Minaur then endured a flat patch, going down 4-0 in the third set, only to defy expectations and fight back to 4-5 after a tension-riddled service game during which he saved a match point. "That's what I pride myself on".

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