De Minaur Claims Zuhai Championships

Alex de Minaur (photo: Zhuhai Championships)

ZHUHAI, September 29, 2019

Alex de Minaur claimed the Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships held on hard courts at the Hengqin Tennis Center in Zhuhai. The #NextGen ATP Australian defeated French veteran Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4), 6-4 in Sunday’s singles final.

De Minaur won 79 per cent of his first-service points and didn’t face a break point to secure victory in two hours and five minutes. The 20-year-old is 3-0 in ATP Tour singles finals this season, having also won titles in Atlanta and in his hometown of Sydney in 2019. De Minaur takes away from China $160,550 in prize money as well as 250 ATP Ranking points.

“It was a really tough match. I had a lot of chances and I felt like Adrian just played better than I did in those moments. I just told myself I had to try and take control of the point and just try to dictate as much as I could and I hit a great ball and I’m happy it ended there,” De Minaur said, as quoted on the ATP Tour website.

Gille/Vliegen win third ATP Tour title

Earlier in the day, Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen took the doubles the title. The No. 4 seeds from Belgium fought past Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop 7-6(2), 7-6(4). The encounter lasted one hour and 46 minutes.

Gille and Vliegen picked up their first hard-court title of the season after winning clay-court titles in Bastad and Gstaad.

“It’s our first time in China, so we didn’t really know what to expect. But this has been a great event, it’s been a very good week for us,” Vliegen said.

“I think it’s knowing exactly what the other person is going to do at a certain time in the match, trusting each other 100 per cent and knowing that each one of us is willing to work hard 100 per cent every day to get better,” said Vliegen. “I think that we never expected this when we started in 2013, of course, but I think gradually just progressing… I think we knew we hadn’t reached our ceiling yet, and we just keep working hard and [will] see where we end up.”