Australia’s Alex de Minaur has won the Zhuhai ATP 250 final to claim his third title of 2019 and of his career.
The Australian is now three from three when reaching finals in 2019 having won the Sydney International and the Atlanta titles.
de Minaur defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4) 6-4.
“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.
With the title, de Minaur will again become the top-ranked Australian men’s singles player with a projected ranking of no. 25 just one off his career-high ranking.
“He played great. I don’t think that my level dropped during the match, I think that he just kept pushing all the time, being really offensive and, if you just lose your concentration for, I don’t know, 30 seconds, one minute, then you lose a crucial game and then it goes quick,” Mannarino said. “He played better than me, that’s the only thing I can remember about this match.”
de Minaur did not face a break point throughout the final, Mannarino was broken in the last game but had saved 12 break points before that crucial moment.