Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur is extremely happy with the way he has been playing this week in Eastbourne. De Minaur, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 18 in the world, beat Korean Soonwoo Kwon 6-3 7-6 (2) to progress into his second ATP final of the season.
“I am very happy to be playing in another final,” De Minaur said, per the ATP website. “I am playing some great tennis on the grass. I am really enjoying myself out there and hopefully I can play well tomorrow and take it home.
“I think for me, the clay season is a long stint, so I was looking forward to the grass season. I have gained confidence from every match I have won, and I have had a lot of matches under my belt. All these things help each other”.
De Minaur handled Kwon
De Minaur made a good start to the match, having broken Kwon in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Kwon broke back in the seventh game to reduce the deficit to 4-3 but then again dropped his serve in the following game.
After breaking Kwon in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead, de Minaur served out to love the ninth game to take the opener. De Minaur then also made a good start to the second set, having broken Kwon in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
De Minaur had a break point in the fifth game to go up by a double break but he failed to convert. After saving a break point in the fifth game, Kwon broke back in the 10th game to level the set at five games apiece. As no more breaks were seen -- the set went into a tie-break -- which de Minaur dominated to book a straight-set win.
De Minaur plays Lorenzo Sonego in the final as the Italian beat Max Purcell to also make his second final of the season.