Facing the Australian in Saturday's title decider will be a favourite of the Milan crowd - 18-year-old wild card Sinner, who rallied from a set down to defeat Kecmanovic 2-4 4-1 4-2 4-2. "I didn't feel so well in the beginning and he was playing very good, very aggressive". He and Sinner have never played, but De Minaur has been impressed by the Italian's run.
"It's unbelievable", Sinner said. Sinner, after starting the year at No. 551, has climbed 456 spots in the ATP Rankings this season and beat Nitto ATP Finals alternate Gael Monfils last month en route to the semi-finals of the European Open, an ATP 250.
However, De Minaur ultimately had too much firepower and, after a victor teed up match point, a stray shot into the net from Tiafoe handed the 20-year-old a second successive final appearance. He sealed the victory on his first match point when his American opponent hit a forehand into the net. "He has enormous firepower and he's never going to give up", said De Minaur, who has lost just one of his nine matches at the Next Gen Finals. I see there being a big skill difference and that should result in an easy win for Alex de Minaur. It's easy because you know that no matter what happens on the court, you're still going to be the best of friends.
Alex de Minaur is the top seed in Milan, the highest-ranked player in the field (No. 18) and the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals runner-up (l.to Tsitsipas). "I don't see it as I'm the favourite; I see it as it's just another tennis match", he said. It's a tennis match, and you're playing your opponent. This is expected to be a tough match for Jannik Sinner as he is playing against the top seed. "It's about whoever plays better on the day".
Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic has nothing but good to say of the Next Gen ATP Finals, which are taking place at the Allianz Cloud in Milan.