Alex De Minaur v Benoit Paire

Alex De Minaur celebrates beating Feliciano Lopez to reach the last four in Sydney

Alex De Minaur celebrates beating Feliciano Lopez to reach the last four in Sydney

Aussie Alex De Minaur will look to cap off a dream run at the Sydney International by defeating rising star Daniil Medvedev en route to claiming his first ATP tour title.

It was 21-year-old Medvedev's seventh win this week, giving him solid preparation for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne where he faces another Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round.

"I'm the kind of person, the more emotions I feel, the less I show them, actually, especially if they are good ones", Medvedev said.

"And it's going to be very tough to get back again on the court, especially against Thanasi, I'm sure the crowd will be insane in Melbourne for him".

De Minaur three-set in his three set victory over Benoit Paire but should be expected to raise his game tonight in the biggest match of his young career.

But Medvedev lifted in the second set, cleaning up his unforced errors and pushing de Minaur to 3-3 before breaking the Australian's serve amid several tense, long rallies, including one totalling 31 shots.

In making the Sydney final and the semis in Brisbane last week, De Minaur won 11 out of 12 matches and upset six top-50 players, including former World No.3 Milos Raonic.

De Minaur was roared on throughout and saved a match point before fighting from a break down to level at 5-5 in the decider.

But Medvedev broke serve again and this time held firm to clinch his first ATP Tour title.

The 84th-ranked Medvedev also came back from a set down to upset Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-finals of the tournament.

"It's been a roller coaster, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way", de Minaur said.

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