De Minaur halts Bautista Agut in Zhuhai; plays Mannarino for title

De Minaur halts Bautista Agut in Zhuhai; plays Mannarino for title

The 20-year-old Australian will meet Adrian Mannarino for the first time when the two play in Sunday's championship match.

Seventh seed Alex de Minaur will play for his third title of the season when he meets Adrian Mannarino in the Zhuhai final.

De Minaur dismissed world No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-2, 6-2, in Saturday’s semifinals at the ATP 250 tournament. The Australian dominated by winning 19 of his 20 first serve points and broke Bautista Agut twice in each set. The two were squaring off for the first time.

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The 20-year-old is looking to add to his trophy cabinet that includes hard-court titles in Sydney and Atlanta. He has never faced Mannarino previously and will return to the Top 30 regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

Mannarino won a left-handed battle over Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, to claim the first semifinal. Just before turning 31 in June, the Frenchman captured his first ATP singles title in Den Bosch over Jordan Thompson.