De Minaur cruises through first round

Alex De Minaur celebrates beating Gilles Simon. More

Alex De Minaur celebrates beating Gilles Simon. More

I feel like I'm playing great tennis.

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

De Minaur overcame Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (5) in Saturday's singles final.

"I'm very happy with my performance".

"What is more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home Slam", de Minaur said.

Down in the first set and looking in trouble in the second, the two-time Grand slam victor fought her way back to edge out Barty in a three-set thriller 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

And seeded for the time at a grand slam following his meteoric rankings rise past year from outside the world's top 100, de Minaur had taken a pot shot at Open officials for scheduling him on day one.

Once again, De Minaur had to come from behind but he edged the tiebreak and celebrated his victory by falling flat on his back before kissing the court.

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De Minaur has soared 208 places to 29 in the ATP Rankings and was named ATP Newcomer of the Year after earning 28 tour-level victories throughout his 2018 campaign.

De Minaur said it left him disadvantaged ahead of his clash with Portuguese outsider Pedro Sousa on Monday, and into the rest of the tournament.

Nadal, who beat Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the opening round, will next face another of the local brigade, Matt Ebden, who downed German Jan-Lennard Struff 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Kvitova had beaten Barty both the previous times they played, including in the Birmingham final in 2017, but she had to dig deep to win her eighth straight final, coming back from an 0-3 deficit in the final set. "Definitely memories that are going to last forever".

Sharma prevailed against countrywoman Priscilla Ho 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an enthralling contest on the outside courts lasting two hours and nine minutes.

"A lot of work, a lot of training, a lot of sacrifice goes into even making a final and to get a win, I'm speechless".

"It's definitely special. I had the opportunity past year..."

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