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Tsitsipas stars at Next Gen ATP Finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas (AP)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (AP)

Milan - Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas may be the star attraction at the Next Gen ATP Finals but Australian Alex de Minaur said on Thursday he was "having a hell of a year" as both raced into the semi-finals of the season-ending tournament for players aged under-21 with only one set dropped in three games. 

Tsitsipas, ranked 15th in the world, will take on last year's finalist Andrey Rublev in Friday's semi-finals with de Minaur, 19, up against Spaniard Jaume Munar. 

"I'm playing well, I'm feeling well, and I'm happy to be the star," said Tsitsipas, 20. 

"But I know there's another star who had three wins in a row in the other part of the draw. So the tournament is not over yet." 

The Greek player, in Group A in the round robin tournament, was referring to de Minaur who also won his three matches in Group B. 

The Australian began the season at number 208 and reached a career-high 31 last month. 

"It's definitely a big surprise. I never expected almost anything that happened this year," said the player from Sydney. 

"It's been a hell of a year. I've enjoyed every second of it and it's given me a hunger for more." 

De Minaur beat American Taylor Fritz 4-3 (10/8), 4-1, 4-2 on Thursday with Tsitsipas racing past Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 4-1, 4-3 (7/2), 4-1. 

Rublev eased past Italian wild card Liam Caruana 4-3 (9/7), 4-1, 4-2 to book his passage after losing to de Minaur on Wednesday, with Munar beating American Frances Tiafoe 4-1, 4-3 (7/3), 4-1 to seal the final berth. 

The format for the tournament is the best-of-five sets with shorter sets of four games, no-ad scoring at deuce and no lets on serve.

Results from the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan on Thursday:

Group A

Jaume Munar (ESP) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 4-1, 4-3 (7/3), 4-1

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 4-1, 4-3 (7/2), 4-1

Group B

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Liam Caruana (ITA) 4-3 (9/7), 4-1, 4-2

Alex de Minaur (AUS) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 4-3 (10/8), 4-1, 4-2

Friday's semi-finals line-ups

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) v Andrey Rublev (RUS)

Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Jaume Munar (ESP)

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