Popyrin wins first ATP title in Singapore
Australia's Alexei Popyrin claims his maiden ATP singles title with victory in the Singapore Tennis Open.
Alexei Popyrin has won his first ATP singles title.
The 21-year-old Australian defeated world No.46 Alexander Bublik in the Singapore Tennis Open final today, securing the ATP 250 title with a 4-6 6-0 6-2 victory.
“It feels unbelievable,” Popyrin said. “A lot of sacrifice, a lot of dedication and a lot of hard work went into this from myself, my team and my whole entire family. I have done it for everybody who was involved. I am just so proud that I could actually get it done.”
After dropping the opening set, Popyrin produced flawless tennis in the second set. He did not lose a point on serve, taking it 6-0.
The Australian continued this unstoppable momentum in the deciding set, losing only one point on serve to close out victory after one hour and 24 minutes on court.
Popyrin, who was contesting his first tour-level final, finished with 11 aces and lost a total of six points on serve during the match.
The major milestone caps a sensational week for the world No.114, who is now set to return to the world’s top 100 and better his previous career-high ranking of No.87.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 28, 2021
Top seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen proved too strong for Australian combination Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith in the doubles final.
The Belgians posted a 6-2 6-3 victory to snare their fifth ATP title as a team.
Aussies in action – Singapore
Men’s singles, final
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d  Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 4-6 6-0 6-2
Men’s doubles, final
 Sander Gille (BEL)/Joran Vliegen (BEL) d  Matthew Ebden (AUS)/John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 6-2 6-3