De Minaur takes savage swipe at Aus Open officials

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Australia's Alex De Minaur reached his second consecutive Sydney International final with a straight sets win over Gilles Simon in their rain-postponed semi-final on Saturday.

De Minaur displayed no signs of any physical or mental fatigue from his gruelling weekend program at the Sydney International in comfortably progressing to round two with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win on Monday.

The results continued an inspiring showing for the local contingent, with a trio of young Australians on debut - Astra Sharma, Zoe Hives and Kimberly Birrell - having kicked off proceedings earlier on day one.

'And to finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and in the courts I grew up'.

De Minaur is happy to be sharing the spotlight with his fellow 2018 Newcombe Medallist Barty.

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He then had to rush to Melbourne on Sunday on a private jet - "a small one" - in order to finalise his preparations for his first round clash with Portugal's Pedro Sousa at the season opening Grand Slam on Monday.

As Australia's highest-ranked male player with a world ranking of 29, de Minaur earned a seeding of 27th for the Australian Open, unlike compatriots Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, who have paid heavily by drawing big guns Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic respectively. "I think that is pretty poor".

The last Australian man to make the men's singles final was Lleyton Hewitt, who lost to Marat Safin in 2005, but De Minaur felt there was no added pressure on him to end the long drought. In a tournament in which none of the seeded players made it to the final four, Sandgren was playing only his second ATP final - having lost in Houston a year ago - while it was the first for wildcard entrant Norrie.

"It's surreal. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win", de Minaur said.

"I'm really happy to have won". I played three times in the night, so for me it was totally different conditions, which from the beginning I feel very, very slow. I fell in love with tennis after the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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