Alex de Minaur defeats Jenson Brooksby for the Atlanta title | ATP Tour

Alex from Minaur is back in the winners’ circle in Atlanta.

Three years after the triumph at the Atlanta open For the first time, the Australian defeated the American Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 for the second time. It is the 23-year-old’s first triumph since last June in Eastbourne and his sixth ATP Tour title overall.

“I want to thank the crowd,” said De Minaur during the award ceremony. “You guys were amazing. I’m not a local but you guys made me feel like one so really appreciate the support.”

It wasn’t an easy week for De Minaur, who recovered from a deficit in the quarterfinals and semifinals. But the Australian always persevered when he was under pressure to win his second title at a tour-level event for the first time.

“It was great to get another title under my name. It’s my sixth title. It feels good. Not many people have been able to do that, so I feel great,” said De Minaur. “I feel great in my game. I’ve put a lot of work into it so it’s great to see the hard work paying off.”

The championship game delivered a duel between two of the ATP Tour’s best defenders, both known for their flat groundstrokes and gutsy play. However, it was De Minaur’s offense that proved critical as he went past the home favorite after an hour and 31 minutes.

“I knew I was coming in [would be] a very tactical chess-like match that we would both play. I feel like we’re both tricky players in that regard and we’re adapting very well [there were] A lot of tactics go both ways and I’m happy that I was able to implement my game plan and win today,” said De Minaur. “But it was a very tough match. Many times [it could have] went either way and even though the scoreboard was 3 and 3 it felt very, very tight.

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Pressured in his second service game, De Minaur saved two break points by moving forward and chipping away crisp forehand volleys. From then on, the Aussie seemed to be in control of the game.

Brooksby worked hard to recover from a collapse early in the second set, but he couldn’t carry that momentum any further. De Minaur’s combination of tenacious defense and timely attack in windy conditions took the home favorite’s legs out of the game, allowing the 23-year-old to finish the job. Crucially, De Minaur saved four of the five break points he faced while converting all four chances he deserved.

Brooksby attempted to secure his first ATP Tour title in his third final match. The American lost to big servers in his first two league games Kevin Anderson and Reilly Opelka (2021 Newport and 2022 Dallas).

“I was disappointed with my performance out there today, but you have to be able to think long-term and just see how consistently I can reproduce my focus and those results,” Brooksby said. “I just need to learn from this and stay in the present.”

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