ATP Antalya: Alex de Minaur wins fourth ATP title as Alexander Bublik retires



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ATP Antalya: Alex de Minaur wins fourth ATP title as Alexander Bublik retires

The 21-year-old Alex de Minaur claimed the fourth ATP title and the first since 2019, spending less than ten minutes on the court. Alexander Bublik lost the opening two games and had to retire due to an ankle injury from yesterday's semi-final encounter against Jeremy Chardy.

The Kazakh somehow won that match, but he couldn't fight like he was hoping today, deciding to retire in the third game and not risk anything ahead of the Australian Open. With not much to write about this match, let's recall how they reached the title match on Tuesday.

De Minaur advanced into the eighth final following a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over the 2nd seed David Goffin in an hour and 51 minutes, beating the Belgian for the second time in as many encounters. De Minaur lost six points behind the first serve and got broken twice, overcoming that with four breaks of serve that carried him through.

David lost serve in the opening game for a terrible start and saved another break chance at 0-2 to avoid an even more significant deficit. Serving at 5-4, de Minaur placed a service winner to wrap up the encounter's first part, looking great on the court so far.

The Belgian served well in set number two and grabbed an early break to move 2-0 up. David held at love at 5-3 to secure the set and bring a decider, with momentum on his side of the court.

Alex de Minaur is the first ATP champion in 2021.

Starting all over, de Minaur grabbed three straight breaks to control the final set's pace and advance into the title clash.

Alexander Bublik joined him there 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 when he suffered an ankle injury and lost the set before bouncing back in the decider to remain on the title course.

Alexander had 15 winners and 11 double faults, fended off nine out of 11 break opportunities and restricted the damage behind the initial shot. Bublik raced into a 5-1 lead in the first set and closed it with a forehand down the line winner at 5-4.

Jeremy saved break points in that second set's 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 stole the Frenchman's serve at love in game eight for a 5-3 advantage. Serving for the win at 5-3, Alexander held at 15 to seal the deal.