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Fritz vs de Minaur ATP Atlanta live streaming, preview and tips - Young guns clash for BB&T Atlanta Open title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 28 Jul 2019
  • Taylor Fritz vs Alex de Minaur is live from Atlanta at 5.00pm local time on Sunday (10.00pm BST)
  • It's the first tour-level meeting between the pair
Taylor Fritz (PA Images)

Taylor Fritz and Alex de Minaur aim for their second ATP World Tour titles of the season when the young guns clash in the BB&T Atlanta Open final on Sunday.

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Taylor Fritz and Alex de Minaur square off for the first time at tour-level when they battle it out for the BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday.

Hot on the heels of lifting his maiden ATP title on the grass of Eastbourne last month, Fritz has continued his fine form in Atlanta in his very next 250-level tournament, beating Kevin King, Miomir Kecmanovic and Cameron Norrie to advance into the final. Fritz got off to a quick start against Norrie in the semi-finals on Saturday night but was forced into a decider after the Brit fought back in the second. However, Fritz managed to steady the ship and regain the ascendency, completing a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory in one hour and 39 minutes.

“To get to two finals in a month really shows that my level has gone up and that the first time wasn’t a fluke. I know I’m improving, so it feels really good,” said Fritz.

Fritz burst onto the scene back in 2016 as a teenager when he made the Memphis Open final (losing to Nishikori) and soared to No. 53 in the world after making the second round of Miami, but his progress stagnated over the next couple of years as he struggled to make the full-time transition to the main tour. However, Fritz returned to form in 2018, registering a 23-20 record as he made the semi-finals in Houston and Chengdu, the fourth round at Indian Wells, the third round at the U.S. Open and the quarter-finals of Basel and Lyon, along with securing the Newport Beach Challenger title and finishing runner-up in Noumea to end the season inside the top 50.

The 21-year-old has continued to improve throughout 2019, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 30 earlier this month after winning his aforementioned maiden ATP title in Eastbourne, while his other highlights have included a semi-final in Lyon, a quarter-final in Auckland, reaching the third round of the Australian Open and winning the Newport Beach Challenger. Can Fritz capture a second ATP crown of 2019 on Sunday?

Alex de Minaur (PA Images)
He’ll face another rising star in the final. Alex de Minaur has endured some tough injury setbacks this season, including a niggling groin problem, but he’s back to some of his best tennis on his favourite surface of hardcourt this week in Atlanta, defeating Bradley Klahn and Bernard Tomic (via retirement) before surviving the giant-serving Reilly Opelka - who had earlier taken out five-time champion John Isner - by a 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-3 scoreline. De Minaur is the youngest Atlanta finalist in the tournament’s history and improves his hardcourt record to 14-4 this season.


“I’m really proud of where I am after suffering a tough injury. I’m back where I want to be,” said De Minaur. “I felt like I’ve been playing some great tennis, but not getting the wins that I wanted. I knew that sooner or later, I’d have a good result again.”

De Minaur put together a superb breakout season in 2018 when he became the first man since Rafael Nadal to reach back-to-back ATP semi-finals as a teenager when he advanced to the final four in Brisbane and finished runner-up at the Apia International in Sydney to Daniil Medvedev, while he also went on to finish runner-up at the 500-level Citi Open in Washington and reach the third round of Wimbledon. The 20-year-old went one better in Sydney to launch 2019, claiming his maiden ATP title with a win over Andreas Seppi in the final, but after making the third round of the Australian Open, de Minaur was struck down by injury problems and he’s only just getting back to his best after a tough clay and grass swing.

While he’s been going along nicely, de Minaur still hasn’t beaten a top 20 player - and Fritz is playing close to that level of tennis at the moment. It should be an entertaining final between two of the best young talents in tennis, but I think Fritz and his bigger shots have the edge on Sunday.


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Fritz vs de Minaur ATP Atlanta live streaming, preview and tips - Young guns clash for BB&T Atlanta Open title

Taylor Fritz and Alex de Minaur aim for their second ATP World Tour titles of the season when the young guns clash in the BB&T Atlanta Open final on Sunday.

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