Alex de Minaur is back in the winner’s circle in Atlanta.
Three years after the triumph at Atlanta Open An Australian beat an American for the first time Jenson Brooksby On Sunday, 6-3, 6-3, he lifted the ATP 250 trophy for the second time. It is the 23-year-old’s first triumph since last June in Eastbourne and his sixth ATP Tour title overall.
“I would like to thank the crowd,” De Minaur said during the trophy presentation. “You guys were amazing. I’m not local, but you made me feel like one, so I really appreciate the support.”
It hasn’t been an easy week for De Minaur, who rallied from a set down in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. But the Australian always persevered when under pressure to win his second title at a tour-level event for the first time.
“It was great to get another title under my name. It’s my sixth title. It’s pleasant. A lot of people couldn’t do it, so I feel great,” said De Minaur. “I feel great about my game. I put a lot of work into it, so it’s great to see that hard work pay off.”
The championship match pitted two of the ATP Tour’s best defenders, both of whom are known for their flat hitting and gritty play. However, it was De Minaur’s offense that proved critical as he slotted past the home favorites after an hour and 31 minutes.
“I knew going into it [would be] a very tactical, chess match that we both wanted to play. I feel like we’re both tricky players in that sense and we adapt very well, so [there were] a lot of tactics on both sides and I’m happy that I could execute my game plan and win today,” said De Minaur. “But it was a very tough match. Many times [it could have] it was one way or another and even though the scoreboard was 3 and 3, it was very, very close.’
De Minaur faced the pressure in his second service game, saving two break points by moving forward and hitting sharp forehand volleys. From there, the Aussie seemed to be in control of the match.
Brooksby worked hard to recover from a deficit early in the second set, but was unable to go any further. De Minaur’s combination of dogged defense and timely attack in windy conditions took the home favourites’ legs out of the game, allowing the 23-year-old to finish the job. Importantly, De Minaur saved four of the five break points he faced while converting all four chances he was presented with.
Brooksby was looking to secure his first ATP Tour title in his third final. In his first two championship matches, the American lost against big servers in Kevin Anderson and Reilly Opelka (2021 Newport and 2022 Dallas).
“I was disappointed with my performance today, but you have to be able to think long term and just try to see how consistently I can reproduce my focus and those results,” Brooksby said. that and stay in the present.”