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By Alberto Amalfi | Saturday, September 28, 2019

 
Alex de Minaur

Alex de Minaur broke twice in each set sweeping Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2 to set up a Zhuhai final vs. Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Photo credit: @ZhuhaiChampions

Squeaking sneakers were screaming signs of Alex de Minaur's deep desire.

De Minaur covered the court with urgency and returned with accuracy sweeping second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2 powering into his third final of the season at the Zhuhai Championships.

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Wimbledon semifinalist Bautista Agut could not crack de Minaur's determined counter-strike attack. De Minaur broke twice in each set continuing a dynamic run in which he rallied past former world No. 1 Andy Murray and knocked off fourth-seeded Borna Coric in yesterday's quarterfinals.

De Minaur won 19 of 20 first-serve points and did not drop serve in a one hour, 18-minute victory. 

The 20-year-old Aussie, who won Atlanta and Sydney earlier this season, will play for his third title against Adrian Mannarino.

In an all-lefty semifinal, Mannarino pumped nine aces and broke serve five times in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The win sends Mannarino into his eighth career final.

The 's-Hertogenbosch champion is playing for his second ATP title.

 

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