ATP Cup: De Minaur’s Turnaround Inspires Australia to Deciding Doubles Win – ATP Tour

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Alex de Minaur inspired a remarkable turnaround for Australia on Thursday, with John Peers and Luke Saville later completing the host nation’s first 2022 ATP Cup tie win over France in Sydney.

Ugo Humbert was in control, but the Frenchman’s failure to convert a break point at 4-4 in the second set handed De Minaur the initiative en route to a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 victory over two hours and 17 minutes on Ken Rosewall Arena. It was the second victory of France’s Arthur Rinderknech ”s 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over James Duckworth at the No. 2 singles match.

“This was my home. This is where I grew up,” De Minaur, former World No. 1 Jim Courier during an interview on the court. It’s my home tennis center. It’s electric just to play here, and the atmosphere is amazing every time I step on the court. Ugo was playing amazing tennis so I tried to keep my cool. I just kept pushing myself to keep the crowd moving. It’s a special .”


In the deciding doubles match, which lasted 87 minutes, Peers and Saville saved three match points, recovering from 6/9 in the Match Tie-break, to beat Fabrice Martin and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-2, 5-7, 11-9. Peers said, “You must try and roll the dice.” “We did well in the first set but were not as lucky in the second. The momentum was then gained.” We snuck the win at the end.” Saville said, “I wear my heart on mine and try to bring energy .”

Humbert gained the first break with a powerful forehand return winner for a 4-2 lead, and it was his greater weight of shot that helped him to the 37-minute first set.

The second set was drama-free until shortly prior to the tie-break, when De Minaur came up trumps with a big first serve at 4-4, 30/40. After Humbert’s serve, the Australian held a set point. However, De Minaur broke a forehand after a long return. De Minaur’s shift in pace and his changing shot angles were what helped him win the match.

By finishing a 36-stroke rally, with a forehand winner, to break Humbert’s serve for 2-1 in the third set, De Minaur got on a roll and won 16 of the next 21 points. Humbert had previously beaten De Minaur in the 2020 Antwerp final.

Rinderknech was delighted to have beaten Duckworth in one hour and 54 minutes in the first match of the tie. “It’s always an honour to play for your country in such a great event,” said Rinderknech, who hit 12 aces. “I’m happy to have won today, and I’d like to thank the crowd, even though most were against me for creating such a great atmosphere. “

Rinderknech capitalized on Duckworth’s poor service game at 2-2 in set one, when the Australian hit a forehand into net. Duckworth knuckled down, awaiting an opportunity, but Rinderknech’s serve proved the difference in the 36-minute opener, which ended with a forehand approach winner.

Duckworth started to feel more comfortable with the task but could not convert six break point on Rinderknech’s service when the Australian lead 3-2 in set 2. In a closely fought tie-break, Rinderknech did just enough for his first ATP Cup singles win over one hour and 54 minutes. He had lost to Russia’s Roman Safiullin on Sunday and Jannik Sinner of Italy on Tuesday.

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