De Minaur wins through to Zhuhai final
Australia's Alex de Minaur routs Roberto Bautista Agut for his second career top-10 win -- and advances to his third ATP final of 2019.
Alex de Minaur stormed into the ATP Zhuhai final on Saturday night with a straight-sets defeat of second seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
De Minaur’s 6-2 6-2 win over the Spaniard marked his second career top-10 win and second in as many tournaments after beating seventh-ranked Kei Nishikori en route to the last 16 at the US Open.
In the Zhuhai final De Minaur will face France’s Adrian Mannarino, who earlier beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets.
The Australian will be gunning for his third ATP title of 2019 after triumphing in Sydney and Atlanta.
“I’ve shown it today, I’ve got this level, the level I brought today,” the 20-year-old Australian said. “If I can try to bring this level almost every week, then I’ll be going deep in tournaments and beating these top guys and pushing for titles.”
De Minaur required just 78 minutes to see off Bautista Agut, dropping only one point on his first serve for the entire match to finish with a 95 per cent success rate.
He also won 70 per cent of second serve points and erased the only two break points he faced for the match.
It continues an incredible week in Zhuhai for the 20-year-old, who beat fellow Aussie John Millman, former world No.1 Andy Murray and 14th-ranked Borna Coric on his way to the semifinals.
De Minaur will face Mannarino in Sunday’s final at 9pm AEST.