De Minaur in Sydney International semis

Alex de Minaur

Forced to win through his semi-final on Saturday afternoon against Gilles Simon after rain washed out play on Friday night, de Minaur returned to the court six hours later for a gutsy straight-sets win over the Italian veteran. "What's more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home slam", said the 27th seed.

De Minaur breezed to a 6-3 6-2 win in just over an hour and a half in sappingly hot conditions at Homebush.

The 19-year-old Alex de Minaur had a day to remember in his native Sydney on Saturday, with the double action waiting for him just two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne.

Seppi was again the first to strike in the second set.

It was also fitting he joined Hewitt as a 19-year-old victor, given there was so much about the Australian Davis Cup team captain - who again sat in his players' box with son Cruz - in the victory.

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Boundless energy and the determination to chase down lost causes have been the cornerstones of De Minaur's early success and he was in fine form on Saturday, recovering from losing an early break to win the first set. I thought I had to be really tough today and to back it up from Sydney.

'And to finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and in the courts I grew up'.

And seeded for the time at a grand slam following his meteoric rankings rise previous year from outside the world's top 100, de Minaur had taken a pot shot at Open officials for scheduling him on day one. "I didn't want to overthink it and I'm happy with the way I composed myself during the match", said Kenin, ranked 56 in the world.

"But this is what I do the hard work for, to go out there and back it up". I fell in love with tennis after the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow.

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