Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur admitted he had to fought hard to beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the Eastbourne final. De Minaur, seeded at No. 2, came from a set down to beat Sonego 4-6 6-4 7-6 (5). “I had to pull through all my mental strength I had.
I had to tell myself to try and be a bit more aggressive and go to win that match, not just wait for my opponent to lose it, because he was not going to do that,” De Minaur said. “I am very happy to have played more aggressively in the important points and stay in there, as it was not an easy match.
I am happy to have my fifth title. “My first emotion is relief, for finally getting these results, and ecstatic I have been able to pull through and play some good tennis. Every match has helped me confidence wise and strategy wise.
Every mach I play, I take little things, what I could have done better, what I want to do next time I am in that position."
De Minaur completed a comeback win
De Minaur failed to convert a break point in the opening game but claimed the first break of the match in the third game.
However, de Minaur's lead was short-lived as Sonego broke back in the fourth game and saved three break points in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. After recovering from a break down, Sonego broke de Minaur in the 10th game to win the opener.
After losing the first set, de Minaur made a perfect start to the second set as he broke Sonego in the opening game. De Minaur saved a break point in the 10th game, before realizing his first set point to force a decider.
As no breaks were seen in the third set -- the set went into a tie-break -- which de Minaur won to complete a comeback win.