Ranked outside the top-200, the young Aussie gun Alex de Minaur kicked off the 2018 season with the semi-final in Brisbane and the final in Sydney, showing his full potential and attacking high ranking positions by the end of the season.
De Minaur also played in the third round at Wimbledon and the final in Washington, earning enough points to move on the verge of 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 managed to repeat those 28 ATP wins from the last season so far in 2019, embracing the first full season without Challengers and claiming three ATP 250 titles in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai. The Sydney native is currently ranked third in the U21 Race to Milan behind Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime, securing the second consecutive Next Gen Masters berth where he should be the second seed behind the Canadian, as Tsitsipas has to play the more significant ATP Finals in London.
Thus, Alex will have another chance to claim the prestigious title in Milan between November 5-9, becoming the seventh player born in 1995 or after with at least three ATP finals under his belt and the sixth with at least five finals after Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric.
His most recent title came in Zhuhai where he defeated Andy Murray, Borna Coric and Roberto Bautista Agut, hoping for more of the same in Paris and Milan where he should be the second seed behind Felix. Besides them, an 18-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner is the third confirmed player, earning a wild card as by far the best youngster from Italy at the moment.