Alex de Minaur won three ATP titles in 2019 and cracked the top-20 by the end of the season, seeking more notable results in 2020. The Aussie fought valiantly at the last year's ATP Cup before suffering an injury that pulled him away from the home Major.
De Minaur bounced back at the US Open and beat Richard Gasquet, Karen Khachanov and Vasek Pospisil to reach the first Major quarter-final, losing it to Dominic Thim in straight sets. De Minaur was the Antwerp finalist in the closing stages of the season, working hard during the pre-season training sessions and kicking off the new year in Antalya as one of the favorites.
Alex defeated five rivals to claim his fourth ATP title, playing on a high level and traveling to Australia with momentum in his racquet. De Minaur lost only three games against Malek Jaziri in the opening round and dismissed the young Bulgarian Adrian Andreev 6-3, 6-1 in round two in 70 minutes.
Nikoloz Basilashvili felt in 74 minutes in the quarters, and Alex was ready for his biggest test of the week against the 2nd seed David Goffin. The 21-year-old advanced to his eighth ATP final following a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 triumph in an hour and 51 minutes.
Goffin won the second set before de Minaur started all over in the decider, producing three straight breaks to leave the Belgian behind and set the title clash against Alexandr Bublik.
Alex de Minaur claimed the first title of the season in Antalya.
The Kazakh injured his ankle in the semi-final against Jeremy Chardy, winning that match but standing no chance in the title clash, retiring in the third game and not risking anything ahead of the Australian Open.
"I mean, it's massive; this is what you need at the beginning of the year. You never know what was going to happen. I gave my everything during the pre-season and was ready to compete. I gave myself the best chance to go deep into this tournament, and I'm happy how it finished.
I had an opportunity to play four full matches, and I'm pleased with my level. It was a bittersweet moment last year at the ATP Cup, and hopefully, I can come back stronger and have a great Aussie summer. I'm looking forward to going back home and playing in front of a home crowd, that's for sure; it's exciting.
It's probably going to give me goosebumps once I walk out there. I can't wait to bring out all this energy I've built up for a while now. It's not the same playing without a crowd, and I hope to get fired up and get the crowd going," Alex de Minaur said.