De Minaur defeats Seppi to clinch Sydney International

Alex de Minaur

De Minaur's triumph made him the youngest victor of the Sydney tournament since his mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed it as a 19-year-old in 2001.

Broken in the first game of the opening set, it proved to be one of the few blights on the 19-year-old's game as he broke back five games and barely gave Seppi another look in.

It was also fitting he joined Hewitt as a 19-year-old victor, given there was so much about the Australian Davis Cup team captain - who again sat in his players' box - in the victory.

The world No.29's court coverage was vast as always, regularly chasing down his Italian opponent's forehands and wearing the veteran down over the 2hr 5min clash.

De Minaur explained he asked organizers to push his match to Tuesday (in that case, he or Pedro would have had to play in back-to-back days) but that was a lost battle once they released their Monday program, saying they have been punishing the home players in some way for competing at home tournaments before the Open.

But on the women's side the race for the title is now "wide open" with local hope Ash Barty an "outside chance" of causing an upset and claiming her first major.

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. "That's the way final should be, I think", Kvitova said.

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The 34-year-old Seppi was trying to win his fourth career title while De Minaur also made the final last year, but fell to Daniil Medvedev.

"It's hard to put in words at the moment, but, it's been a hell of a week".

"(But) I felt good out there. "Yes, it's a bitter pill to swallow tonight, but we move on".

Barty is Australia's highest ranked player in the world at 15 on the WTA rankings and she again illustrated the growing maturity that has helped propelled her to the cusp of the top 10.

She beat world No.1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens on her way to the final.

Kvitova prevailed despite her serve being broken six times in the match but she finished with 31 winners to Barty's 23.

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