Australian Alex de Minaur has taken out the Atlanta Open after beating American Jenson Brooksby in the final 6-3 6-3 on Sunday (local time). 

De Minaur, who made the round of 16 at Wimbledon in July, arrived in Atlanta as the tournament’s third-seed as he began his preparations for the US Open. 

The 23-year-old had to dig deep during his run to the final, coming from a set down in his previous two matches. 

De Minaur started the final on much better footing as he edged past Brooksby 6-3.

The Aussie then broke Brooksby in the first game of the second set but was then broken himself as the American sixth-seed showed he was ready for a fight. 

At 3-3 in the second set, De Minaur managed to win the longest rally of the match on Brooksby’s serve and went on to claim a decisive break.

De Minaur didn’t look back from there as he grabbed another break to win the set and match. 

De Minaur revealed after the final that his coach wasn’t in attendance but he did have a former Australian tennis player in his corner. 

“My coach whose currently travelling to Washington, on a plane right now, so he wasn’t able to watch the final so hopefully when he lands he’ll get a nice notification on his phone,” De Minaur said post-match.

“I’ve also got Matt Reid over there and he’s taken time out of his very busy schedule to help me out.”

When did De Minaur last win an ATP title and how many has he won?

Prior to Atlanta, De Minaur last ATP title was won in June 2021 when he triumphed at the Eastbourne International against Lorenzo Sonego. 

The Australian was unable to make another final until Atlanta but has now his past three ATP finals. 

De Minaur has won six ATP singles titles to date which includes:

  • Sydney International 2019
  • Atlanta Open 2019
  • Zhuhai Championships 2019
  • Antalya Open 2021
  • Eastbourne International 2021
  • Atlanta Open 2022

What’s next for De Minaur?

De Minaur will now head to Washington to compete in the Citi Open.

He’ll arrive as the tournament’s 11th seed with fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios also set to compete in singles. 

De Minaur will play doubles at the Citi Open too and is teaming up with American France Tiafoe. 

The US Open is then looming at the end of August with the 23-year-old hoping to avoid a repeat of 2021 when he was knocked out in the first round. 

De Minaur has generally performed well at the US Open and it’s the only Grand Slam tournament where he has managed to reach the quarter-finals. 

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