But what is the formula for winning that first title? Australia's Alexei Popyrin put it simply, "I just took it one match at a time." He did that as he told the ATP media and much more. Popyrin and his opponent Alexander Bublik had only played each other once before.
It was three years ago at the Astana Challenger in Kazakhstan. The Australian came out the winner with that event by doing just as he had done in Singapore; coming from a set down to win the match. Alexander Bublik was vying for his first title too, but after winning the first set, he had lost his sting over the 21-year-old Popyrin who was more defiant on taking the next set.
Popyrin's win of 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 was a combination of accomplishments, desires and winning the right points at crucial times. The Singapore tournament was his master class that he had such a blend of strategies it was almost destiny that he'd win.
He had 5 tiebreaking sets of which he won them within the tournament. He had never dreamed even of getting into a final since he had never gone past the quarterfinal of any event. This championship match the Australian was able to even give Bublik a bagel in the 2nd set, something he's hardly ever done before to any player.
The smiling 21-year-old's remedy for winning was making good of the chances you get.
He told ATP:I think my level-headedness definitely during those tiebreaks was the best
But the Pandemic was an emotional and physical shock for all, and Popyrin was just glad to get back to his home country, Australia.
He had lost in the third round of the warm-up tournament in Melbourne and then losing in a five-setter in the second set at the Australian Open. But Popyrin pushed on when he entered the Singapore Open. he was determined to make good, having tough matches with his comrade Matthew Ebden in the quarterfinals and then Marin Cilic in the semifinal with two tiebreaking sets.
In the final when many are exhausted and just hope they make the right strategies to capture a title, Popyrin gathered more energy and strength. He blasted 11 aces, won 94% of his first serves and won 87 point compared to Bublik's 57.
As a result Alexei Popyrin's ranking will go from no. 114 to 82. He is happy, delighted and appreciative. He gives all the praise to his team and family saying, "..we all worked so, so hard and I'm really happy with the way the season started.
Popyrin has learned to take nothing for granted and says that "There's still a lot of hard work to be done, I know that."