De Minaur Beat Mannarino To Be On Top In Zhuhai
On September 29, the inaugural edition of the Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships entered the final day. Fourth-seeded Belgians Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen clinched the crown of men’s doubles with a 7-6(2)/7-6(4) win over Marcelo Demoliner/Matwe Middelkoop.
The fourth seeds made their debut in the center court, and found their groove from the start. They broke first in the fourth game and set up a 3-1 advantage. Demoliner/Middelkoop fought back, tying the score 5-5 with a key break. first set went into a tie-break. Gille/Vliegen took the lead all the way with more unerring serves and baseline technique, and sealed it 7-2.
The Belgians kept the good run in the second set, breaking first again in game five. Then the score increased alternately. Gille/Vliegen served for the match in the tenth game, but they got broken after making a lot of errors. The score drew 5-5, and the set went into a tie-break again. Gille/Vliegen made quick adjustment and took it 7-4, winning their third ATP Tour doubles trophy this year.
Alex De Minaur 7-6(4)/6-4 Adrian Mannarino
The seven seed Alex De Minaur outlasted French veteran Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4)/6-4, claiming men’s singles title at the 2019 Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships.
Mannarino held his opening serve with ease by his various tactics, while the 20-year-old Aussie also took his first service game easily with high-quality first serve. In the third game, the Frenchman dropped three straight points, but still managed to erase several break points with high-quality first serve and volley. The first set finally went to a tie-break, and De Minaur saved it from 2-4 down, winning five points in a row to take it 7-4.
De Minaur started the second set with a love hold, while Mannarino also held serve with a wealth of experience. Serving at 4-5, Mannarino hit a double fault at a key moment, facing three match points. De Minaur converted the second one by forcing Mannarino to move back and forth and hit a backhand to net, and picked up the set 6-4. The victory moved the next generation player onto the third title of the season and of his career.