Rising Australian star Alexei Popyrin couldn't hide his happiness after winning his maiden ATP title in Singapore. Popyrin, ranked at No. 114 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 4-6 6-0 6-2 in the Singapore final.
Popyrin, a former world No. 87, was playing in his first ATP final. "It feels unbelievable,” Popyrin said after the match, per the ATP website. “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”.
Popyrin created an impressive comeback
Bublik claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, before routinely serving out for the opener in the 10th game.
Popyrin, who didn't earn a single break point in the first set, absolutely dominated the second set as he claimed three breaks to bagel Bublik. The two players were tied at two games apiece in the third set before Popyrin claimed back-to-back breaks to win the final and lift his maiden ATP title.
"I knew that if I could get a quick start in the second set, I would probably win the second set with the way I have been serving this week,” said Popyrin. “That third set was a grind. It was really a grind.
I started picking up where he was going to serve a lot. I started getting the balls back in play a lot. “The most important thing was to read his serve and that is what I started to do… At the same time, I tried to play aggressive and that is what I did.
It paid off”. Popyrin won three matches in straight sets and two in three sets en route to winning it all in Singapore.