Lengthy rallies expected in battle of attrition and power
Alex De Minaur, yet to drop a set at Devonshire Park, soared into the final with a comfortable 6–3 7–6(2) triumph over South Korea’s Kwon
De Minaur’s Eastbourne tactics are straight out of any coaching manual, serve deep and keep returning to the backhand before whipping it cross court. The no.2 seed and world no.18 has not been truly tested all week, reaching the final with straightforward wins over Britain’s Liam Broady, Canadian Vasek Pospisil and Kwon.
On grass he reached the
The final will be a different proposition. His opponent has dropped just one set to make the final. Sonego powered his way past Australian John Millman, Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, but was then put to the sword by Australian Max Purcell 6–1 3–6 6–1 in a
The no.3 seed usually opts to deliver wide serves to open up the court in order to take control of the rallies, but the problem is that De Minaur tends to be so rapid around court that he should have the winning edge for this encounter.
With the Centre Court now worn, Sonego’s sheer power will not benefit as much as earlier in the week. This should allow De Minaur to continue his ruthless streak of grinding down opponents with lengthy rallies. However, Sonego makes very few unforced errors and thrives on hitting the ball early, so the spectators could be treated to a series of spectacular rallies in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest.
World no.27 Sonego has enjoyed an impressive season by reaching the 4th Round at Miami, winning the title on Italian clay in Cagliari and then zooming into the
Sonego, whose inaugural ATP Tour crown was the grass court title at the 2019 Antalya Open in Turkey, goes into his fourth final full of energy and brimming with confidence.
De Minaur will tackle his second final this season, having scooped the rescheduled hard court Antalya Open in January, and will be aiming to be as ruthless as he was when he swept aside Sonego in straight sets in Paris.