Bublik Wins His Third ATP Title In Antwerp

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Kazakh Alexander Bublik swept past France’s Arthur Fils 6-4, 6-4 to win his third ATP tournament trophy in Antwerp on Sunday. The 36th-ranked Bublik, who came into the event having lost in the opening round of all five tournaments he contested since his run to the Wimbledon fourth round, won through in one-hour 16 minutes against his 38th-ranked French opponent.

Fils had been chasing his second title of the season after winning at home in Lyon in May, having ousted Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final in the Belgian tournament. But the 19-year-old came up against Bublik’s solid serve and paid for a string of unforced errors.

“I was pretty much serving all match,” Bublik said. “I told Arthur I was very lucky to beat him in a final before he becomes the next big thing. That was the only option I had, and I executed it well.”

Kazakh, 26, wrapped up the first set in 34 minutes after breaking his rival’s serve at 2-2. He broke early in the second and staved off two break points at 3-2 to seal his third title after Halle this year and Montpellier in 2022.

“Honestly, when we won the second title, I [thought], ‘Maybe that’s it, maybe we will never win another one’,” he added. “It was the greatest feeling ever, so being here again, winning another title, it means the world to me.” He added.

 

 

 

 

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