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Tsitsipas 'confused' by Next Gen ATP Final rules

Tsitsipas 'confused' by Next Gen ATP Final rules

The 19-year-old de Minaur rallied past Spain's Jaume Munar 3-4 (5/7), 4-1, 4-1, 3-4 (4/7), 4-2, to set up a showdown with 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who later beat Russia's Andrey Rublev 4-3 (7/3), 3-4 (5/7), 4-0, 2-4, 4-3 (7/2) in Milan.

Australian young gun Alex de Minaur has been beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the championship match of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. He was also named ATP's Most Improved Player.

De Minaur, Australia's highest ranked male singles player at No. 31 in the world, kept cool and won the fifth set 4-2 to book a place in the final. "But I know there's another star who had three wins in a row in the other part of the draw".

The top seed claimed the title by winning all five of his matches during the week, to succeed South Korea's Chung Hyeon, who won the inaugural edition previous year in which Tsitsipas only played an exhibition match. "It was a rollercoaster match and I got very frustrated with all the breaks of serve I suffered", said Tsitsipas after the match. I was mentally very strong and that proved in the tiebreak in the last set.

Tsitsipas made no mistake on his third, though, after the Australian sent a forehand long.

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De Minaur was in uncharted territory, having lost just one set throughout round-robin play, but he quickly regrouped.

"I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to play here in Milan and be the second victor of the tournament", Tsitsipas said.

In the shortened first-to-four-games format, there's little chance of recovery from a break - and so it proved in each of the first two sets as they shared the spoils.

It is created to increase the number of pivotal moments in a match, while playing best-of-five sets does not alter the number of games required to win a match (12) from the traditional three-set scoring format.