Sydney, Jan 13 (IANS) Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev on Saturday defeated Alex de Minaur of Australia to win the men's singles crown at the Sydney International, the first title of his career.

The 21-year-old winner needed two hours and 13 minutes to beat his 18-year-old opponent 1-6, 6-4, 7-5, reports Efe news agency.

The majority of the crowd in Sydney was cheering for Australia's De Minaur, but after the match, Medvedev had this to say: "I think it (the crowd) works for everyone. If the crowd goes really crazy, sometimes it can turn you on, also."

After his defeat, de Minaur said he had wanted to "find a way to just make it competitive."

"I wanted to just compete until the last point, and I thought that's what I did. I left it all out there on the court," he said.

Medvedev claimed his first career title in his second-ever final, after losing the 2017 Chennai Open final against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.