Alex de Minaur earns huge award at home despite losing to Roger Federer


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Alex de Minaur earns huge award at home despite losing to Roger Federer

As was expected, the 20-year-old Alex de Minaur earned the New South Wales player of the year award after a breakthrough season that propelled him into the top-20. On Sunday, Alex lost to Roger Federer in the final of the ATP 500 event in Basel, missing the opportunity to win the fourth title of the season but earning enough points to find himself in the top-20 for the first time, becoming only the fourth Aussie in that group in the last two decades.

The Sydney native kicked off the 2018 season with the semi-final in Brisbane and the final in Sydney, showing his full potential and aiming to achieve higher ranking positions by the end of the season. De Minaur played in the third round at Wimbledon and the final in Washington, gathering enough points to come closer to the place in the top-30 and securing the spot at the Next Gen Masters in Milan where he defeated Liam Caruana, Andrey Rublev, Taylor Fritz and Jaume Munar to reach the final, losing it to Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets.

Alex has gone even further so far in 2019, winning 32 matches and lifting three ATP crowns in the first full season without Challengers. If he decides to play, de Minaur will be the top seed at the Next Gen Masters in Milan ahead of Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe, securing the second consecutive Milan berth and standing as one of the title favorites.

Working steadily on his game, Alex has become one of the youngsters to watch in the future, standing as the sixth player born in 1995 or after with six ATP finals and hoping for more of the same in Paris and Milan before heading to Madrid where he should lead his country at the Davis Cup Finals.