Alex De Minaur wins his first career title in Sydney

Alex de Minaur

De Minaur had arrived in Melbourne on a high note emotionally in the wake of his breakthrough win, although his Sydney campaign proved physically taxing after he was forced to play his semi-final and final on the same day as a result of inclement weather late in the tournament.

The men's final will still go ahead as planned on Saturday night, meaning either Simon or De Minaur will have to play two matches in one day when the victor meets Andreas Seppi in the decider.

In doing so, he became the youngest victor of the Sydney International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the first home talent to claim the prize since Bernard Tomic in 2013.

The Czech 2015 champion and fifth seed fought back from dropping the opening set and an early break in the final set to beat the top-ranked Aussie, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in two hours 19 minutes.

Alex de Minaur of Australia poses for photos during the awarding ceremony of the men's final against Andreas Seppi of Italy at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Jan. 12, 2019.

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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 - in the victory.

The 34-year-old Seppi, playing in his first decider in more than three years, hasn't won a tournament since 2012. The final lasted one hour and 15 minutes.

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

It came after de Minaur's earlier 1hr 34min 6-3 6-2 victory over Simon, where he never really looked challenged but had to endure temperatures of more than 30 degrees. In the first, Alex dropped his serve immediately before breaking back in the 6th game (3-all); in the second set was broken again in the 7th game (3-4), but then he leveled immediately after (4-4). "That's the way final should be, I think", Kvitova said.

"(But) I felt good out there. "Fitness-wise, I felt like I could keep going, as well".

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