Alexei Popyrin of Australia won his first ATP Tour final by beating Alexander Bublik in the Singapore Open determination.
The main point:
- Popyrin beat Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 in the final
- He is set to enjoy a rise in rank from his current position in the 114th world
- Popyrin reached the second round of the Australian Open earlier this month
Popyrin scored a stunning 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over the world number 46 in less than 85 minutes on Sunday.
21-year-old Popyrin was busted in the fifth game of the final and his talented long forehand shot by Bublik, who was also eyeing his first ATP title, was the opening set when the second was requested.
Popyrin, ranked 114th in the world, won all 12 points on serve in the second set and broke Bublik three times to take it 6-0 in just 20 minutes and equalize.
The two met only once before on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2018 in Astana when the Australian came from a set down to win in three, and Popyrin is expecting the same result.
On serve but trailing 3-2, Bublik double-faulted to give Popyrin a vital break.
The Kazakh player handed the title to Popyrin after his serve failed again with a fifth break of serve in the match.
Popyrin entered the Singapore tournament after reaching the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this month.
The former French Open junior champion achieved a career-high 87 in 2019.
Earlier on Sunday in Singapore, Australian pair Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith were beaten in the doubles final by Belgian top seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-2, 6-3.
AAP / ABC