Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur insists that not giving it all when he is on the court is not an option. The 19-year-old beat American Taylor Fritz 4-3 (8) 4-1 4-2 to finish Group B undefeated. The Australian saved five set points during the first set tie-break before he converted his first set point to clinch the opener.
One break of serve in each of the following two sets was enough for de Minaur to comfortably seal the win. The Australian saved 2-of-2 of Fritz's break point chances in an hour and 10 minutes of play. De Minaur finishes Group B at the No.
1 spot as he also previously beat Italian Liam Caruana in straight sets and Russia's Andrey Rublev in four sets respectively. "When I'm down on the court, I want to leave 150 per cent out there and today was no different," de Minaur said post-match, per Jake Davies.
De Minaur's win helped Rublev reach the semi-final stage of the NextGen ATP Finals. In the second match of the day, the Russian beat wildcard Caruana in straight sets. "He (Rublev) was talking to me before the match.
He said he didn't like that him qualifying depended on me. We'll see what he says tomorrow," de Minaur revealed. Also read: Alex de Minaur reflects on win over Liam Caruana, NextGen Finals format