Alex de Minaur’s perfect run in making the semi-finals, after beating Casper Ruud

‘‘The game plan was to play on my own terms, play aggressively, play different styles of tennis and it sort of worked.

‘‘The goal I had was any half-chance, go up and back myself at the net. I’m glad I was able to execute and worked out today. I’m looking forward to the semi-finals.’’

Alex de Minaur on his way to victory against Casper Ruud at the Next Gen finals in Milan.Credit:Getty Images

The victory ensured Sydneysider de Minuar, 20, who finished runner-up to Stefanos Tsitsipas at last year’s tournament, has gone through undefeated 3-0 in round-robin play for the second successive year.

De Minaur will play second-seeded Tiafoe on Friday after the American defeated Mikael Ymer 4-2, 4-2, 4-2 to secure second spot in his group.


‘‘I wanted to see him in the final but unfortunately it has to be in the semis,’’ Tiafoe said of de Minaur.

‘‘He’s a workhorse. He’s going to get every ball, keep every rally extremely long and make me beat him.

‘‘I’m ready for the task. We’re going to go after each other, but we’ll still be great friends after.’’

Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic later secured his semi-final berth with a 4-1, 4-1, 4-3 (6-4) win over Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Kecmanovic will face 18-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, the youngest player in the field, for a spot in the final.


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