ATP Antalya: Alex de Minaur and Alexander Bublik set title clash



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ATP Antalya: Alex de Minaur and Alexander Bublik set title clash

Alex de Minaur and Alexander Bublik will fight for the first trophy of the new season in Antalya, following their semi-final victories. The 21-year-old Alex de Minaur is seeking the fourth ATP title from the eighth final, the first since September 2019.

Alex took down the 2nd seed David Goffin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes, beating the Belgian for the second time in as many encounters. De Minaur dropped only six points behind the first serve and lost serve twice, overcoming that deficit with four breaks of serve that carried him over the top.

In the first game, David netted a forehand to suffer a break before Alex held at love to confirm the advantage and open a 2-0 gap. The Belgian saved a break point in game three with a service winner to avoid an even more significant deficit, and they both served well in the rest of the set.

Serving at 5-4, de Minaur placed a service winner to wrap up the opening set, looking great on the court so far. David raised his level in set number two, provided five comfortable holds and delivered a single break to turn the tables and bring a decider.

Goffin placed a backhand down the line winner in the opening game for a promising start and broke Alex at love to open a 2-0 gap. The Belgian held at love to move 5-2 ahead and secured the set with an ace in game nine to bring a decider.

Alex de Minaur and Alexander Bublik will chase the title in Antalya.

Finding his return when he needed it the most, de Minaur grabbed three straight breaks to move over the top, controlling the final set's pace and advancing into the title clash.

Alexander Bublik will try to stop the Aussie and claim the first ATP title, reaching the final after a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy in two hours and five minutes. The Kazakh controlled the scoreboard until 6-4 4-2, suffering an ankle injury in that seventh game and losing the set before bouncing back in the decider to remain on the title course.

Alexander fired 15 winners and 11 double faults, fending off nine out of 11 break opportunities to limit the damage behind the initial shot and mount the pressure on the other side. Chardy got broken four times and finished his journey in the semis despite a great effort.

Bublik raced into a 5-1 lead in the first set and closed it with a forehand down the line winner in game ten. Jeremy saved break points in that seventh game and Bublik got injured for more drama and excitement. The Frenchman pulled the break back in game eight and won the breaker 7-4 following Alexander's double fault.

Starting all over, the Kazakh fended off six break chances in the final set to remain in contention and broke the Frenchman at love in game eight for a 5-3 advantage. Serving for the win at 5-3, Alexander held at 15 to move over the top, moving a win away from the maiden ATP crown.