Rising Australian star Alexei Popyrin captured his maiden ATP title in Singapore recently but he is not satisfied as he acknowledges that he has more goals to achieve. Popyrin, 21, recovered from a set down in the Singapore final last month to beat Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik.
''The feeling is good. It’s what we worked for so hard during the pre-season,'' Popyrin told Tennis Majors. ''It doesn’t stop at this, though. I have more aspirations; more goals. But it’s definitely a really good feeling.
It shows that the hard work is paying off slowly. The last couple of years I’ve had slow starts to the years — good results at the Aussie Open but that’s about it. I don’t think I expected that I would win a tournament at the start of the year.
I didn’t expect it, but it shows I put the hard work in during the preseason.' '
Popyrin confident in his abilities
Popyrin, ranked at No. 86 in the world, is hoping to one day win a Grand Slam and become world No.
1. ''I feel like I’ve got all the potential in the world,'' Popyrin added. ''Since I was a little kind my goal has been to be No 1 in the world and to win Grand Slams. I don’t think that belief has gone away; I believe I can do that.
If you don’t feel like that, there’s no point in playing tennis, honestly. If you don’t have that belief then you’re not going to make it; it’s as simple as that. Whether they say it or not, it’s what everyone’s got in them if they are a pro.
But I’m just going to take it one match at a time. Who knows how far I can go the rest of the year? It’s only the first two months of the year and I’ve already gotten to my career-high (No 82). It’s not like I’m done for the year.
You keep striving higher and higher. I see no limits where I can go this year. If I keep the same level, then why not.' '