If the teen sensation claims his maiden ATP title in the Sydney International on Saturday, he will stroll into the Australian Open feeling like a rockstar, with support to match.
Medvedev struggled in the opening set with the crowd firmly behind De Minaur, yet he put an uncertain start behind him to win a thrilling battle at Ken Rosewall Arena, where Angelique Kerber earlier defeated another Australian, Ash Barty, in the women's final.
However, Medvedev managed to break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 advantage, before serving out the second set to win 6-4.
"I wanted to just compete until the last point, and I thought that's what I did", said the No. 167-ranked de Minaur.
Tomorrow he will face in the penultimate round the French Benoit Paire, who surpassed the Luxembourgish Gilles Muller by a pair 6-4.
-Fabio Fognini (ITA, 4) defeated Adrian Mannarino (FRA, 5), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4) and 6-2.
"I don't know so much about him, but I saw him play in some tournaments and I knew already before that he's gonna be a great player", the 21-year-old Russian said.
"He was, like, 15".
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"I mean, to make it through the qualies, there were so many circumstances", Medvedev said afterwards. "He is going to be good".
His sixth-straight top-50 scalp seals his place in Saturday's tournament decider against Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev, one step further than last week's stirring Brisbane International semi-final appearance.
"And he's becoming good now".
"It's a five-set match, so I just need to do my best at recovery to be good on Tuesday". "It's nice to see some young guys coming up".
Down 4-1, the young Aussie appeared well out of the contest, but two double-faults handed de Minaur a break point and Medvedev surrendered serve when he sprayed a forehand long.
"So then suddenly it started to turn around step by step, and then finally, I nearly didn't lose a game". I could feel him a little bit down because he was leading, and we know Fabio, he can get insane if he's leading and he starts to lose.
Originally published as Hellraiser!