Lleyton Hewitt advises Alex de Minaur to stay tough

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Lleyton Hewitt advises Alex de Minaur to stay tough

Australian tennis player Alex de Minaur came up clutch when needed most as he reached the Sydney International final after being a set down to France's Benoit Paire 4-6 6-1 6-1. The wildcard's impressive run continues as his previous victims this week were two-well known Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, as well as No.

7 seed Damir Dzumhur. The promising Australian beat superstar Milos Raonic on his way to reaching the Brisbane International semi-final last week -- where he fell a bit under pressure and ended up losing to American Ryan Harrison.

De Minaur is now set to meet fellow rising star Daniil Medvedev in the final as both players will be looking to win their maiden ATP title. "This was tougher than my other matches, just because of the occasion," de Minaur said post-match.

"I didn't expect it all, but I've been riding this wave and it’s something I've been looking forward to since I was a little kid. "It's just tennis at the end of the day. You're each just trying to hit a yellow ball over a net.

It's just another match." De Minaur has already shown that he is willing to leave it all on the court -- just as his mentor Lleyton Hewitt was during his professional days. "(Lleyton says) to stay tough, to show players that this is my brand of tennis," de Minaur revealed.

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