Alex De Minaur lost against Jannik Sinner in the ATP Next Gen Finals, but the 20 years-old Australian's season was very positive. The numbers are cold factors, but in the end are the numbers that remain imprinted, not the words: De Minaur won three titles in five finals played, reaching his first fourth round in a Slam (at the US Open) and getting his best ranking, at position number 18 of the ATP Ranking.
But beyond that, there is more. De Minaur showed good solidity, showing an overall improvement in his tennis during the season. Technically and tactically, the Australian was more precise, technical, solid and smart. From the mental point of view, there is still work to be done, but it is a normal routine; young players like him always need more time to improve pressure management.
Physically he has to go one step further, improving agility, speed and endurance. His playful age will also allow him to improve these aspects of his tennis. Meanwhile, in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai, De Minaur, he won the first three titles of his career, respectively against Andreas Seppi, Taylor Fritz and Adrian Mannarino.
He also reached his first final in an ATP 500, losing in the Basel final against Roger Federer. For the second consecutive year, he reached the final of the ATP Next Gen Finals: also this year he was defeated in the final, this time by the young home-idol Jannik Sinner.
Now De Minaur will be able to start thinking about 2020. Next season will be very important for the young Australian because he will have to confirm all the good things he did this year and then he will also have to take a step forward and improve again.
He has a solid foundation for becoming a star in the coming years. Because unlike his other young countrymen Alex De Minaur is the present and the future of Australian men's tennis.