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He also showed no sign of nerves, getting 73 per cent of his first serves in and bouncing back immediately after being broken midway through the second set and then three times when the world No. Third time lucky, and you guys don't know how much it means to do it in front of all you guys, in front of my home.
De Minaur looked depleted after having to play his semi-final earlier in the day, but somehow composed himself to best the Italian in a tight opening set that lasted over an hour at Ken Rosewall Arena. Seppi was all class as he strung together inch perfect winners but was ultimately undone by the Aussie no.
De Minaur off to a shaky start Kvitova claims Sydney International Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has comeback from the brink of defeat to best Ash Barty in three sets as she claimed her second Sydney International crown.
The Czech was in a world of trouble after she was rolled in the first set and trailed in the second, but the fifth seed showcased her experience as she held her composure to claim the match A tense final set mirrored its predecessor as Barty raced to a lead before Kvitova reeled her in as cracks appeared in the Australian year-old's game.
Both women broke each other three times in the third set, including back-to-back efforts from Barty as Kvitova served for the championship twice. In turn, it also handed Barty her second straight runner-up finish in Sydney, after losing to Angelique Kerber in last year's final. I couldn't have left anything more out on the court.
I feel like I'm playing great tennis. Yes, it's a bitter pill to swallow tonight, but we move on.
Kvitova managed to claim the second set after after coughing up an early break to trail dangerously at , as she stared down the barrel of an unceremonious quick-fire defeat at Ken Rosewall Arena. While Barty's dogged defence had the Czech struggling to find winners, the fifth seed showed her experience as she held her composure to break the Aussie late as she got up to serve out the set.
Barty steamrolls the first Australia's Ash Barty has steamrolled fifth seed Petra Kvitova to claim the first set in 26 minutes in the women's final of the Sydney International.
Barty got off to a cracking lead with an early break, racing to lead before the Czech superstar even had time to adjust to the lightning pace established by the Aussie no. Barty's athleticism headlined the set with Aussies physicality inviting unforced errors from Kvitova as the favourite looked out of her depth at Ken Rosewall Arena.
De Minaur cruises to the final Australian Alex de Minaur has cleared Saturday's first hurdle in Gilles Simon to set up a final with Andreas Seppi at the Sydney International as his bid for his first senior title ramps up. Forced to play his semi-final on the last day of the tournament after rain washed away his scheduled Friday night clash with Simon, de Minaur cruised past the veteran in 94 minutes on Saturday to qualify for his second-straight Sydney decider.
However, he has just over five hours to recover before he faces Seppi in the final, with the Italian having had an extra night up his sleeve to rest and prepare. It's probably the hottest day we've had and very humid as well - long rallies and pretty taxing," de Minaur said.
I'm going to do everything in my power to come back in the final and leave it all out there. At one point in the sixth game, he retrieved two-straight smashes from his year-old opponent, before Simon put his next attempted winner long.
He wrapped up the first set with a gutsy hold on his own serve from a game that lasted 10 minutes, before he won the final four games of the second set to claim the match.
A tournament win in Sydney would be de Minaur's first on the world tour, after he reached two senior finals last year and lost both, as well as the Next Gen decider in Italy. Seppi, also 34, is playing in his first final in three-and-a-half years after beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Friday, having not won a tournament since Full broadcast times and schedule for day seven of the Sydney International Viewers can find all of today's Sydney International action live and free on 9, 9Gem and 9Now.