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Alex de Minaur

Australian Alex de Minaur's semi-final against Gilles Simon at the Sydney International has been postponed until Saturday morning due to rain.

Alex de Minaur won two matches in a day to claim his first ATP Tour title in his hometown at the Sydney International.

"It's surreal. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win", said De Minaur.

Victory over Simon meant the 19-year-old would have just a five-hour gap between that match and his final against Andreas Seppi, before flying to Melbourne on Sunday and starting his campaign on Monday afternoon.

Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur have shown no ill effects following their short turnaround from the Sydney International by collecting first-round triumphs at the Australian Open.

Forced to serve to stay in the match as early as the end of the second set, the Czech star Kvitova hit back to break Barty for the first time to take the set and send the match to a decider.

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The up-and-coming star's straight sets victory is the ideal warm-up two days out from his first-round Australian Open clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

The talented young Australian player claimed the feat after losing two ATP finals previous year: the Sydney, and Washington opens, in addition to the 2018 Next Generation ATP Finals in the Italian city of Milan. 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 on the courts I grew up.

De Minaur, who entered the Open at a career-high ranking of 29, claimed a single break of serve in the opening set to gain the early ascendancy against Sousa. "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. It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way, ' de Minaur said.

"But this is what I do the hard work for, to go out there and back it up".

"(But) I felt good out there.

"I came out and absolutely wouldn't be the player I am today if I didn't go".

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