De Minaur Sets Sights on Aussie Open

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Teenage tennis sensation Alex de Minaur is the first to welcome comparisons between he and Lleyton Hewitt, after the youngster took another step down the path well worn by his mentor in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

De Minaur arrived in Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday morning to ramp up his preparations for the first grand slam of the year, fresh from his maiden title success at the Sydney International.

In defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 7-5 in Saturday night’s final, de Minaur joined Hewitt in becoming a teenage winner of the event that has the best of Australia’s talent on its honour board.

Hewitt won his first of four titles in Sydney as an 18-year-old in 2000, before winning his maiden grand slam event a year later and becoming Australia’s only men’s major winner of the 21st century so far.

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