20-Year-Old De Minaur Wins ATP Zhuhai, Carreno Busta Triumphs in Chengdu


The ATP Tour has moved to East Asia, and two 250-series tournaments held in China were in the spotlight during the previous week.

The Australian wunderkind Alex de Minaur was in flying form in Zhuhai where he managed to win his third career title and third trophy of 2019 by beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets (7–6, 6–4).

De Minaur came into the final after eliminating John Millman, former world number one Andy Murray, fourth-seed Borna Ćorić, and second-seed Roberto Bautista-Agut.

None of the two players were able to break their opponent in the first set, but it seemed that de Minaur was closer to a lead as he had seven break points on Mannarino’s serve. Nevertheless, the first set went into a tiebreak. Mannarino was the first to get a two-point lead (4–2), but the 20-year-old de Minaur then won five straight points to book the first frame.

The second set was pretty much the same story, as both players held serve up until the last one when Mannarino let his guard down and allowed the Australian to get three straight match points. De Minaur converted on his second one and won the third title of the year after also winning Sydney International and Atlanta Open.

Almost 2,000 kilometres inland in Chengdu, Pablo Carreno Busta managed to win in his first ATP final since Estoril in 2017. The Spaniard was playing against a 22-year-old Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan.

The young Kazakh won the first set in the tiebreak after Carreno Busta missed the opportunity to convert on two set points in the tenth game. However, things turned around for the more experienced Spaniard in the second set, who finally broke his opponent and held on to win the frame 6–4.

The third set went into a deciding tie break where Carreno Busta took a commanding lead right from the start and didn’t give Bublik much of a chance.

This was Carenno Busta’s fourth career title on the ATP Tour and the first one in 2019.

In the following weeks, we will see plenty of action from the tennis courts in East Asia, as Beijing and Tokyo are already in full swing. Of course, the pinnacle of the Asian tour will be the Masters 1000 Series tournament in Shanghai next week, where we expect to see the best players in the world.

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