SINGAPORE: Australia’s Alexei Popyrin stormed again from a set right down to beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 and clinch his first ATP Tour title on the Singapore Tennis Open on Sunday (Feb 28).
Popyrin fired 11 aces and broke serve 5 instances at hand fourth seed Bublik – who continues to be looking for his first title – a fourth defeat in a ultimate.
“We put in a lot of hard work in preseason and it’s paying off,” Popyrin mentioned in an on-court interview.
“Also my family behind the scenes … they’ve sacrificed so much for me, and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also, and this is for them, this is for them 100 per cent.”
The 21-year-old, who upset Marin Cilic within the final 4, made a sluggish begin and dropped the opening set however produced an immediate response, breaking Bublik’s serve 3 times within the second at hand out a uncommon bagel.
The previous junior French Open champion didn’t let up within the third, surging to a 4-2 lead earlier than closing out the victory when Bublik double-faulted.
He turns into the second participant to win a maiden title this 12 months after Briton Dan Evans triumphed on the Murray River Open.
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