Alex de Minaur’s star continued to shine bright on Friday as the Australian teenager booked his spot in the Sydney International final.

The local boy competed with great maturity, regrouping after losing the first set, to beat Benoit Paire of France 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in one hour and 50 minutes for a place in his first ATP World Tour final.

De Minaur has now won 11 of his past 12 matches – including four best-of-five-set victories in the Australian Open wild card play-off, a semi-final run at last week’s Brisbane International presented by Suncorp and in Sydney.

Standing in his way of replicating Lleyton Hewitt’s achievement of winning the 2000 Sydney title as an 18-year-old will be Russian Daniil Medvedev, who earlier in the day recovered from a set and 1-3 deficit to beat fourth seed Fabio Fognini of Italy.

De Minaur is the youngest ATP World Tour finalist since American Taylor Fritz at 2016 Memphis at at No. 167 in the ATP Rankings is the lowest-ranked Sydney finalist since then-No. 223 Andrei Cherkasov reached the 1989 title match.

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