'Near-flawless' Alex de Minaur wins emotional Atlanta Open title

Alex de Minaur has reached a major milestone on his comeback from a groin injury, winning the Atlanta Open on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Australian was a picture of confidence as he dominated American home hope Taylor Fritz in the final to win 6-3 7-6 in just 80 minutes.

The second title of his career caps off a stellar return to form for the youngster, who broke down with a groin injury after a busy start to the year.

At one point in his recovery De Minaur went three months without a win, losing five straight matches.

But he put the troubles behind him in Atlanta as Fritz joined two more Americans and Australia’s Bernard Tomic in failing to conquer the young star.

While his speed around the court is an obvious advantage, De Minaur – the youngest finalist in Atlanta Open history – showed off his serving prowess all week.

Alex de Minaur has lifted his second trophy of the year. Pic: Getty
Alex de Minaur has lifted his second trophy of the year. Pic: Getty

He never faced a break point and dropped just seven points on his first serve for the entire tournament.

He will rejoin the world’s top 30 with the victory, with the US Open looming in August.