Australian Alex de Minaur has had a great week in Eastbourne and he hopes to finish his campaign with the title. De Minaur, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 18 in the world, beat Korea's Soonwoo Kwon 6-3 7-6 (2) to make his second ATP final of the season.
“I am very happy to be playing in another final,” De Minaur said. “I am playing some great tennis on the grass. I am really enjoying myself out there and hopefully I can play well tomorrow and take it home.
“I think for me, the clay season is a long stint, so I was looking forward to the grass season. I have gained confidence from every match I have won, and I have had a lot of matches under my belt. All these things help each other”.
De Minaur wasn't consistent but he managed to win in two sets
De Minaur made a good start to the match as he broke Kwon in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Kwon managed to break back in the seventh game but he again lost his serve in the eighth game.
After breaking Kwon in the eighth game, de Minaur routinely served out for the opener in the following game. De Minaur also made a good start to the second as he broke Kwon in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Kwon saved a break point in the fifth game, before he broke back de Minaur in the 10th game to level the set at five games apiece.
As no more breaks were seen, the set went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, de Minaur got off to a comfortable 3-0 lead, before realizing his second match point to book a straight-set win. De Minaur is set to face Lorenzo Sonego in the final as the Italian beat Max Purcell 6-1 3-6 6-1 to reach his second ATP final of the season.
“I am really happy because this is my second final on grass and I like the conditions here because I can go to the net,” Sonego said. “I am serving well, I am more offensive, and I want to do the same tomorrow.
“With only three tournaments on grass, it is not easy to adapt. But my tennis is good for this surface because I serve well and if I return better, I can have a great tournament each week”.