Alexei Popyrin Claims First ATP Tour Title
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Australian tennis player Alexei Popyrin rallied from a set down to edge Alexander Bublik. It took place in the finals and Popyrin won the Singapore Tennis Open at the OCBC Arena on Sunday. It was his first Association of Tennis Professionals title. He becomes the second first-time ATP Tour titlist of the year after Daniel Evans taking home the Murray River Open. The unseeded netter’s excellent service game proved to be vital. It helped him achieve the 4-6 6-0 6-2 win in just 84 minutes of action.
The victory will also net him a career-high ranking in the ATP Tour rankings. It offered big points to the winner. Popyrin’s historic triumph also signifies his capacity to win a finals match and give the best online tennis betting sites another reliable pick in the coming years.
Dominant Serving Performance
Popyrin overcame his fourth-seeded foe using his service skills. The unseeded Australian scored 46 points behind his serve in 52 opportunities. The player took home seven straight service games to love from 3-5 behind in the final set. The world number 114’s victory was his second against seeded opposition this week. He outclassed third seed Marin Cilic in the semifinals. The Australian secured a meeting with Bublik, who edged past Radu Albot in three sets.
Popyrin’s second-set bagel on his Kazakhstani opponent was the fourth of his career. The 20-year-old was a symbol of poise under pressure in the tournament. He won all five tiebreakers that he encountered during the week. He allowed just one breakpoint in the tournament.The 250-level win helped Alexei Popyrin to become the fifth active Australian men’s singles winner in the ATP Tour after John Millman, Bernard Tomic, Alex de Minaur, and Nick Kyrgios. He earned USD24,770 and 250 FedEx ATP Rankings points for his win and is expected to climb to a career-high world number 82 once the ATP releases its latest standings this week.
On the other hand, Bublik has once again failed to take home an ATP title. In 2019, the Kazakhstani was a finalist in Newport and Chengdu but lost both matches. He took the loss positively as he gave credit to his foe for his excellent play during the final. Bublik, who is ranked world number 46 in the ATP rankings, took home 150 points and USD18,310. Popyrin made the final by outclassing American Christopher Eubanks in the last 32, Adrian Andreev in the round of 16, Matthew Ebden in the quarterfinals, and Cilic in the semifinals. Bublik had an easier route as he secured a bye. He began his assault to the final by beating Altug Celikbilek, Yoshihito Nishioka, and Albot in the last 16, quarterfinals, and semifinals, respectively.
Significance of Popyrin’s victory
Alexei Popyrin’s triumph in the Singapore Open places him in the Top 100 and more importantly, breaks his ATP title duck. The 21-year-old’s win over an experienced rival in Alexander Bublik signifies his readiness to beat all comers. Popyrin’s dominance in the final shows his world-class abilities which would bode well to tennis betting fans who plan to bet on him in upcoming men’s singles tournaments. The Australian is one of those next-generation netters who will take the cudgels once the big guns of tennis are gone.