No. 1 seed Alexander Bublik reacts to making Newport final



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No. 1 seed Alexander Bublik reacts to making Newport final

World No. 37 Alexander Bublik was happy that he managed to deliver a good performance against 163rd-ranked Jason Jung in Newport. Bublik, seeded at No. 1, handed a 6-2 6-4 loss to former world No. 114 Jung to reach the Newport semifinal.

Bublik, who debuted at the Newport event in 20019, ended runner-up to John Isner in the 2019 final. The Kazakh is now aiming to go a step further and win it all. “There are a lot of positives: staying confident throughout the entire match, and staying focused against such a tricky opponent.

He runs around a lot and plays very solid," Bublik said, per the ATP website. "I tried to keep my nerves together and served well, which definitely helps”.

Bublik routinely handled Jung

Jung served out the opening game of the match but then Bublik claimed back-to-back games and won five games in a row to take a 5-1 lead.

Jung served out the seventh game to stop Bublik's run and reduce the deficit to 5-2. Jung had his first break point of the match in the eighth game but Bublik saved and managed to serve out for the opener. Bublik had the first break point of the second set in the fifth game but Jung saved, But Jung couldn't do the same two games later as Bublik broke him in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead.

Jung saved a match point in the ninth game but Bublik served out for the match in the following game. Bublik plays next Kevin Anderson, who beat Jack Sock 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-4. “I was up against a really, really good player.

Jack has had a couple of tough years, but his level is way above his ranking,” Anderson said. “I really had to dig deep, it was a very physical match and conditions were much warmer today. I thought I did a good job, battling hard and fighting for every point. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a way to come through in the end”.