Jaume Munar plays De Minaur today for a place in the Next Gen final
After his victory yesterday against the American Frances Tiafoe (4-1, 4-3, 4-1) at the Fiera Milano venue, Jaume Munar will face today one of the favourites, the Australian Alex de Minaur, in a match which there is a lot at stake: a place in the final of the Next Gen season closing tournament.
In the other semifinal, two consolidated players in the ATP circuit, with titles to their name: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev. This is the second time this competition takes place for players under 21. In 2017, the Korean Hyeon Chung won.
Munar, 76 at the moment in the world ranking, and De Minaur, number 31, have faced each other twice in lower categories, both with favourable results to the Majorcan, who trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy.
At the age of 19, De Minaur, who trained in Spain, has been the main dominator of these Next Gen finals. He has only lost a set in three matches and has dominated Group B. His victims have been Rublev, Taylor Fritz and local player Liam Caruana.
After falling in his two first matches to Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz, Munar was favoured by the results of last night and achieved second place in group A for the balance of the played sets. Tiafoe, Hurkacz and Munar were tied with a win; they had to resort to the sets that each other won and that´s where the 21-year-old Real Club Tenis Barcelona player could advance: 6-6 for him, 3-7 for Tiafoe and 4-8 for the Polish Hurkacz.
Munar, who in 2018 has lifted two trophies in the Challenger circuit (Citta di Caltanisetta and Prostejov) and has played the semifinals of the ATP 250 of Kitzbuhel, has today a magnificent opportunity to close the season brilliantly in the appointment of the eight best tennis players under-21 of the world.