‘Insane’ history in Demon stunner
Aussie Alex De Minaur has become just the third player in the recorded history of the ATP Tour to win a tournament without ever facing a break point on his serve.
The 20-year-old's white-hot serving blitz left American Taylor Fritz shell-shocked in the final of the Atlanta Open, where the Aussie rising star pulled off 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win in just over 77 minutes.
The win gives De Minaur his second ATP Tour title, adding to his 2019 Sydney International title - but more importantly it gives him a spot in the history books.
The fighting Aussie is adding punch to his freakishly reliable first serve and it is beginning to show all the signs of being a weapon to be feared in years to come - despite his relatively short six-foot frame.
Outrageously, De Minaur conceded just seven first serve points for the entire tournament (four matches and nine sets of tennis).
Fritz was only able to win two points on De Minaur's first serve for the match, with the Aussie finishing with a 94 per cent winning rate with 29 points won from his 31 first serves.
It is a serving masterclass that the sport rarely gets to see - and it left many commentators in awe.
New York Times tennis expert Ben Rothenberg labelled De Minaur's first serve hot streak "insane".
Other commentators said they never thought they'd see the day De Minaur's serve would "strike so miuch fear in another human being".
Losing seven first serve points in a match is great. Losing seven first serve points in a TOURNAMENT is insane.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 28, 2019
Impressive run for Alex de Minaur in Atlanta. https://t.co/ty4HCOIaXE
De Minaur, the No. 3 seed, broke Fritz's serve twice in the first set and dominated the second-set tiebreaker.
Fritz simply found it impossible to find a way into De Minaur's service games - just as Bradley Klahn, Bernard Tomic and Reilly Opelka did earlier in the tournament.
The youngest finalist in the decade-long history of the Atlanta Open, De Minaur will move up to world No. 25 when the rankings are updated on Monday.
The Australian, who arrived in Atlanta ranked 34th in the world, was set back by a groin injury after his maiden ATP title in January.
He lost in the second round at both the French Open and Wimbledon.
It really looks like he's turned a corner in Atlanta this week.
"It's so good to see him back playing good tennis after struggling with injuries," Fritz said.
De Minaur said after his semi-final win he feels like his form is back where it needs to be.
"I'm back where I want to be," de Minaur said.
"I felt like I've been playing some great tennis, but not getting the wins that I wanted. I knew that sooner or later, I'd have a good result again."
Alex de Minaur wins the Atlanta title with a dominant, near-flawless week. Didn’t face a single break point the whole tournament. I don’t know what his ceiling is, but he’s a comer on the tour.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 28, 2019
Fritz just cannot return De Minaur's first serve right now. He's guessing (wrong) every time and has won 1 point on it. Never thought I'd see De Minaur's serve strike so much fear in another human being.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) July 28, 2019