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Australia's Alexei Popyrin fights back to win Singapore Tennis Open

Australia's Alexei Popyrin fights back to win Singapore Tennis Open

Australia's Alexei Popyrin celebrates beating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their men's singles semi-final at the Singapore Tennis Open on Saturday, Feb 27, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Australia's Alexei Popyrin stormed back from a set down to beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 and clinch his first ATP Tour title at the Singapore Tennis Open on Sunday (Feb 28).

Popyrin fired 11 aces and broke serve five times to hand fourth seed Bublik - who is still searching for his first title - a fourth defeat in a final.

"We put in a lot of hard work in preseason and it's paying off," Popyrin said 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 in the last four, made a slow start and dropped the opening set but produced an instant response, breaking Bublik's serve three times in the second to hand out a rare bagel.

The former junior French Open champion did not let up in the third, surging to a 4-2 lead before closing out the victory when Bublik double-faulted.

He becomes the second player to win a maiden title this year after Briton Dan Evans triumphed at the Murray River Open.

Source: Reuters/kg

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