The stage of the final four at the Next Gen ATP Finals is set, led by top seed Alex de Minaur, who defeated Casper Ruud from Norway 4-1, 4-0, 4-2 to win Group A on Thursday afternoon at the Allianz Cloud in Milan. The 20-year-old will look to improve to 2-0 against Tiafoe after beating him in four sets at the 2018 US Open. These conditions make it a bit tougher in the sense that things can change directions really quickly, so I feel like you've got to be constantly focused.
"I appreciate this event and I want to continue to be".
De Minaur will learn his semi-final opponent later on Friday morning at the completion of the final two Group B matches. "The more you gain, the longer you can continue to be, so I'm satisfied to be in the semis". Fans are unbelievable here.
He was speaking after his victory over Alejandro Davidovich when he was asked if the new rules they play under at the Next Gen finals were to his liking and if he's like to see coaching being allowed on the main ATP Tour? I feel like I play great tennis here.
"I just had to regroup and stick to my game".
De Minaur broke within the third recreation of the outlet set before the 87th-ranked Spaniard hit lower back to win the second one and broke De Minaur's serve within the first recreation of the 0.33 set.
Kecmanovic prevailed in 58 minutes by easily winning the first two sets, before battling on a tie-break in the last set to finish 4-1, 4-1, 4-3 (6). "I watched his matches", Kecmanovic said of Sinner.
Sinner, 18, will face Kecmanovic in the semifinals, with De Minaur taking on Tiafoe.