Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alex de Minaur, wins Next Gen Finals

"I'm happy to be a star here" said Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas

In the absence of Alexander Zverev, who skipped the event for the second year after qualifying for the ATP Finals, 20-year-old Tsitsipas was the top seed and he made no secret of how much he wanted to come out on top.

Just like de Minaur, Tsitsipas, the top seed and the best-ranked player in the draw, will also be arriving in the finals undefeated.

Rublev has maintained his form to advance to the semi-finals with win over Italian wild card Liam Caruana 4-3 (7), 4-1, 4-2 on Thursday.

The finale itself was a match always likely to deliver.

The round-robin tournament for players aged under 21 years has a shorter format than other tournaments, playing sets of first to four games, with tie breaks at 3-3.

He said he didn't know how he recovered from those match points.

"It feels great", world No. 15 Tsitsipas said.

'I have huge respect for him, his game and his personality.

"The coaching on court I'm really not a big fan of, to be honest with you", he was quote as saying by Sport360.

Munar scored three mini-breaks in the tie break to win it 7-5 after an ace, continuing where he left in the previous matches and setting the ground for another surprising win.

Alex landed a deep forehand in the fifth game to force an error from his rival and take it 4-1, losing just eight points on serve in the last two sets and looking strong to wrap up the win in the fourth set. Congratulations to Stef and his team for an fantastic year and an wonderful week'.

Earlier on Saturday, Russia's Andrey Rublev won the third-place play-off, defeating Spain's Jaume Munar 1-4 4-3 (7-4) 2-4 4-2 4-3 (7-3) to end what's been a tough season on a high.

"I never expected nearly anything that happened this year", said the player from Sydney.

He said winning the final would be "the cherry on top of an unbelievable season for me".