Aussie Popyrin claims maiden ATP tour title

Aussie Popyrin claims maiden ATP tour title

Australian Alexei Popyrin has claimed his maiden ATP Tour title after defeating world No.46 Alexander Bublik in the final of the Singapore Open.

Popyrin, who crashed out in the second of the Australia Open earlier this month, dropped the opening set of tonight’s final before storming back to wi, 4-6 6-0 6-2.

The match lasted just 85 minutes, with Popyrin dominating by dropping just one point on serve after the first set.

The 21-year-old will now move to the singles rank of No.82 following his performance in Singapore. His journey to the final included wins over former US Open champ Marin Cilic and fellow Australian Matthew Ebden.

Alexei Popyrin of Australia holds the winner’s trophy after his victory in Men’s Singles Final match against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan on day seven of the Singapore Tennis Open (Getty)

The Australian young gun takes home a pay packet of about $23,760 from a total prize pool of $389,000 for the tournament.

Popyrin said he was relieved to see his hard work from the pre-season pay off.

“I’ll definitely have very fond memories of Singapore now, I’ll definitely remember this for the rest of my life,” he said.

“We put a lot of hard work in in the pre-season and it’s paying off in the start of the year I’ve had. In Australia, I felt really good so it’s just good to see all the hard work paying off.

“My family behind the scenes, they’ve sacrificed so much for me and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also. This is for them, 100 per cent.”

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