Tennis News – Alex De Minaur does it again in Atlanta and beats Brooksby for sixth career ATP title
By Ricky Dimon
The Atlanta Open might as well be the John Isner Invitational, but Alex de Minaur seems eager to carry the torch whenever Isner retires.
Or he may not even wait for it to happen.
De Minaur won the title on back-to-back trips to Atlanta beating Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3 in the final on Sunday afternoon. The 23-year-old triumphed in 2019 before Covid-19 canceled the 2020 event, then he was entered into the Olympics last summer but missed out with an untimely positive test. Three years later, De Minaur made up for lost time with his first title of the 2022 campaign and sixth overall. It is the only tournament he has won twice in his career.
“I would like to thank the crowd,” the Australian said during the award ceremony. “You were amazing. I’m not a local, but you sure made me feel like one, so I really appreciate the support.
The very first clash between the two finalists looked like a favorable style for De Minaur. Brooksby’s junk ball style made few inroads against a consistent baseman and brilliant defender like De Minaur. When the 21-year-old American was forced into extended rallies, he rarely had the upper hand. In fact, Brooksby only won three of 16 second-serve points in the match and dropped serve four times. De Minaur converted all four break point chances.
“I knew that when I entered [would be] a very tactical, chess-like game that we were both going to play,” the world No. 30 explained. “I feel like we’re both tricky players in that sense and we adapt really well, so (there was) a lot of back and forth tactics and I’m glad I was able to execute my plan. game and take the victory today. But it was a very difficult game. A lot of times [it could have] back and forth and even though the dash was 3 and 3 it was very, very tight.
De Minaur is the third player to win Atlanta multiple times. Mardy Fish won each of the first two trophies presented in 2010 and 2011, while Isner has won six times in the event’s 12-year history.
Brooksby is now 0-3 for life in the ATP Finals, having lost last summer in Newport and earlier this season in Dallas.
“I was disappointed with my performance today, but you have to be able to think long term and try to see how consistently I can replicate my focus and those results,” the Sacramento native commented. California. “I just need to learn from that one and stay in the present.”
There will be a De Minaur rematch against Brooksby in the second round in Washington, DC if Brooksby defeats Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday.
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