News – AU – Aussie Popyrin in the first ATP final

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Australian Alexei Popyrin has had one of the best victories of his career and former world No. 3 Marin Cilic reaches his first ATP final

The former Junior Open Champion of the French Open, Popyrin, showed his coolness under pressure in the semifinals on Saturday and beat the US Open winner of 2014 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 2) to enter the Singapore Open decision

In the final on Sunday Popyrin will play against Kazakhstan’s world number 46 Alexander Bublik, who defeated Moldova’s Radu Albot in the other semifinals 2: 6: 6: 3: 6: 4

At the 4-1 deficit in the opening set, the great Sydney sider Popyrin broke back before lowering two target values ​​to 5: 6

After a brief hiatus in the tiebreaker, he set foot on 1-3 and won six of the next eight points to close the set

The Croatian saved five breakpoints in an epic second game of the second set before the two big servers closed down to make sure it went to a tiebreaker

World No. 114 Popyrin exercised his authority early and took a 5-1 lead before finally closing the set and winning the match

In total, the Australian scored 15 aces, reaching 48 for the tournament when he scored his seventh win in nine games this season

Popyrin is sure to have a breakthrough year saving four match points before finishing 13th at the Australian Open Seed David Goffin defeated

With the win on Saturday, Popyrin will return to the top 100 in the world when the new leaderboard is released next week If Popyrin wins the final, his ranking would be No. 1 rise82 in the world, a career high

But 23 year old Bublik, a big server that can run very hot or cold, is also looking for his first ATP title and could prove to be a significant obstacle after his second final of the year

The pair will meet at the Tour level for the first time, but Popyrin can be encouraged by his only previous competition on the ATP Challenger Tour in Astana in 2018, when the Australian came down from one set to three Winning sets

Matthew Ebden, who lost to his compatriot Popyrin in the quarterfinals, has teamed up with another Australian, John-Patrick Smith, to advance to the doubles final in Singapore

They booked their place with a 6: 4: 6: 4 win against the Venezuelan Luis David Martinez and the Spaniard David Vega Hernandez in 74 minutes and play in the final on Sunday against the Belgian top seeds Sander Gille and Joran Viegen

Tennis, Alexei Popyrin, Marin Čilić, Association of Tennis Professionals, Alexander Bublik, Radu Albot, Matthew Ebden, Singapore, Adrian Mannarino

News – AU – Aussie Popyrin in the first ATP final

Source: https://thewest.com.au/sport/tennis/cilic-is-popyrins-biggest-challenge-yet-ng-s-2051264