Alex de Minaur, the youngest player at the next Gen ATP Finals, has stormed into the semifinals undefeated after securing straight sets victory over Taylor Fritz in Milan Thursday.
De Minaur lost to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-2, 1-4, 4-3, 4-3 in the final but had beaten some of the rising stars of Tennis around the world in getting there.
Last year's runner-up Andrey Rublev required five sets to defeat Spaniard Jaume Munar in the playoff for third with the Russian prevailing 1-4 4-3 (7-4) 2-4 4-2 4-3 (7-3).
De Minaur is now an impressive 28-22 on the year after entering 2018 with just two tour-level match wins to his record.
"I was aiming to win that match".
The tournament is being played under a revised format that includes shorter sets to four games, best of five-set matches, no AD scoring, no lets and a shot clock.
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The 19-year-old was the only teenager to make the end of season tournament in Milan.
Fritz celebrated his 21st birthday last month, meaning this was his last appearance at the Next Gen Finals, which is designed only for players aged 21 and below.
After a sizzling week in a breakthrough year, in which he's climbed more than 170 ranking spots since December to No.31, de Minaur said he was just enjoying the moment.
"I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to play here in Milan and be the second victor of the tournament", Tsitsipas said.
"I've played some incredible tennis throughout the whole year. Obviously there's no advantage so you need to be twice more concentrated", said Tsitsipas, who has jumped from 91st at the start of the season to world No. 15.
He said winning the final would be "the cherry on top of an unbelievable season for me".