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Alex de Minaur blasts Australian Open organizers over their schedule

14 January 2019

Rising star Alex De Minaur comes into the tournament in good form after claiming his first-ever title at the Sydney International.

De Minaur's match against Simon was postponed last night due to rain, resulting in a short turnaround between the men's semi-final and final today.

The men's final will still go ahead as planned on Saturday night, meaning either Simon or De Minaur will have to play two matches in one day when the victor meets Andreas Seppi in the decider.

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.

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.

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

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 with son Cruz - in the victory.

Sharma prevailed against countrywoman Priscilla Ho 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an enthralling contest on the outside courts lasting two hours and nine minutes.

With no time to celebrate, Alex flew to Melbourne on Saturday night, hitting a light practice on Sunday and hoping for the best against the Portuguese at the beginning of the Australian Open, seeking his second win at home Major. "It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way. 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", he said. I fell in love with tennis after the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I mean, this is why I have done all the hard work in the preseason.

'To come out and just be able to back it up, first match in the sun and then later on, it wasn't easy. "Fitness-wise, I felt like I could keep going, as well".

Alex de Minaur blasts Australian Open organizers over their schedule