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Alexei Popyrin wins first ATP tour title and defeats Alexander Bublik

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Australian Alexei Popyrin won his first ATP Tour title after beating world number 46 Alexander Bublik in the Singapore Open final.

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

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

The 21-year-old will now move up to 82nd place singles after his performance in Singapore. His journey to the final included victories over former US Open champion Marin Cilic and fellow Australian Matthew Ebden.

The young Australian pistol takes home a salary of around $ 23,760 out of a total tournament prize pool of $ 389,000.

Popyrin said he was relieved to see his hard work this preseason pay off.

“I will definitely have fond memories of Singapore now, I will definitely remember them for the rest of my life,” he said.

“We put a lot of work into the preseason and it pays off at the start of the year I had. In Australia I felt really good so it’s just good to see all the hard work bear fruit.

“My family backstage, they sacrificed so much for me and ultimately winning a tournament shows how hard they worked with me too. It’s for them, 100%.”

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