Zhuhai | De Minaur and Mannarino to contest final
The seventh seeded Alex de Minaur is on the verge of claiming his third title of the year when he takes on Adrian Mannarino in the final of the Zhuhai Championships in China.
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 Alex de Minaur
The 20-year-old Australian, who had earlier beaten Andy Murray and Borna Coric, put on another impressive performance when he defeated the Wimbledon semi-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-2 to reach the title round.
The Spaniard had hoped to strengthen his bid for a place at the season-ending ATP Championships. Currently he lies seventh in the Race.
But Bautista Agut was unable to match his 31-ranked opponent whose goal is to add to the titles he won in Sydney and Atlanta earlier in the year.
“I’ve shown it today, I’ve got this level, the level I brought today,” de Minaur 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.”
In contrast earlier, his final opponent Mannarino, the world No.61 from France, had tt battle past Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas to come through 6-0 4-6 6-1 in two hours three-minutes.
“Conditions are really humid here and it was really physical, but I was able to stay really concentrated,” the 31-year-old said.
“Even if I lost the second set, I stayed consistent with a lot of energy in the third set.”
The unseeded Mannarino certainly got off to a good start winning the first seven games before eighth seed Ramos-Vinolas finally got on the score board and the level the semi-final.
Nonetheless Mannarino’s powerful serving pulled him through to take on his practice partner from Australia who he will face for th first time on the Tour.
“Even if I lost the second set,” Mannarino added. “I stayed consistent with a lot of energy in the third set.
“I finally got the break in a really close game at the beginning of the third set and that gave me a push up and I was able to finish well too. I hope I am going to keep going like this in the final.”
Mannarino, 31, is chasing his second ATP Tour title after winning the Libema Open in June at the age of 30 to become the oldest first-time champion on the men’s circuit this year.