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01.03.2021 - 12:08 Uhr

No. 82 Alexei Popyrin, +32 (Career High)The Australian jumped 32 places to a career-high No. 82 in the FedEx ATP Rankings after he captured his first ATP Tour title at the Singapore Tennis Open. The 21-year-old beat former World No. 3 Marin Cilic in the semi-finals and Alexander Bublik in the final.No. 85 Federico Coria, +10 (Career High)The Argentinean, who is the younger brother of former World No. 3 Guillermo Coria, reached his first ATP Tour semi-final at the Cordoba Open (l. to Cerundolo) and moves to a career-high No. 85.View FedEx ATP Rankings Other Notable Top 100 MoversNo. 14 David Goffin, +1No. 41 Marin Cilic, +3No. 43 Alexander Bublik, +3No. 51 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, +5 (Career High)No. 74 Yoshihito Nishioka, +5No. 76 Egor Gerasimov, +7

28.02.2021 - 12:12 Uhr

Alexei Popyrin completed a dream week at the Singapore Tennis Open on Sunday, as he rallied from a set down to defeat Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 and claim his maiden ATP Tour title.The unseeded Aussie produced a dominant serving performance to overcome the fourth seed in 84 minutes. Popyrin dropped just six points behind his serve (46/52) and won seven consecutive service games to love from 3-5 in the first set.“It feels unbelievable,” said Popyrin. “A lot of sacrifice, a lot of dedication and a lot of hard work went into this from myself, my team and my whole entire family. I have done it for everybody who was involved. I am just so proud that I could actually get it done.”Prior to this week, Popyrin had never advanced beyond the quarter-finals at an ATP Tour event. When the latest FedEx ATP Rankings are released on Monday, the 21-year-old will rise to a new career-high.“I knew that if I could get a quick start in the second set, I would probably win the second set with the way I have been serving this week,” said Popyrin. “That third set was a grind. It was really a grind. I started picking up where he was going to serve a lot. I started getting the balls back in play a lot.“The most important thing was to read his serve and that is what I started to do… At the same time, I tried to play aggressive and that is what I did. It paid off.” Popyrin’s victory against Bublik was his second win against seeded opposition this week. In the semi-finals, the Aussie claimed a 7-6(5), 7-6(2) victory against third seed Marin Cilic. Throughout the week, Popyrin played well in pressure moments and won all five tie-break sets he contested.Bublik was also attempting to lift his first ATP Tour trophy. The Kazakhstani was competing in his second final of the year after retiring from last month’s Antalya Open championship match with a right ankle injury. Bublik also reached finals in Newport and Chengdu in 2019.“There are a lot of positives,” said Bublik. “My game definitely evolved since last year… I am happy with my performance during the week. Alexei played enormous tennis today. He hit all the lines, he hit all the serves and all the returns. He was the better player today.”Popyrin received 250 FedEx ATP Rankings points and $24,770 in prize money. Bublik collected 150 points and $18,310.Did You Know?Popyrin is the second first-time ATP Tour titlist of 2021. Earlier this month, Daniel Evans claimed his maiden tour-level trophy at the Murray River Open.

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06.03.2021 - 16:11 Uhr

Roger Federer will face an immediate challenge at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, his first event since the 2020 Australian Open.The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who underwent two right knee surgeries last year, will face in-form Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or recent Murray River Open champion Daniel Evans in his return match. Chardy, who pushed Andrey Rublev to three sets in Rotterdam on Friday, has already reached two semi-finals this year and Evans climbed to a career-high No. 26 in the FedEx ATP Rankings last month.Federer will be making his first appearance in Doha since 2012. The Swiss owns a 26-3 record at the ATP 250, highlighted by title runs in 2005, 2006 and 2011. If he can overcome Chardy or Evans in his first match, he could face eighth seed Borna Coric in the quarter-finals. Coric also has form on his side. The Croat has claimed three straight-sets wins en route to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals in Rotterdam this week.View Doha Singles DrawTop seed Dominic Thiem could also face a tough test in his first match of the tournament. The US Open champion will meet Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev or Qatar’s Mubarak Shannan Zayid. The 2018 semi-finalist is joined in the top quarter of the draw by fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, in-form Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik and Reilly Opelka.Defending champion Andrey Rublev could meet a fellow Doha titlist in his first match. The Russian will face 2013 winner Richard Gasquet or a qualifier in his tournament opener. Rublev headlines the second quarter of the draw with 2008 runner-up and seventh seed Stan Wawrinka.Fourth seed Denis Shapovalov and sixth seed David Goffin will compete in the third quarter of the draw. Shapovalov will face countryman Vasek Pospisil or a qualifier in his opening match, while Goffin will begin his third appearance at the ATP 250 against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

06.03.2021 - 16:11 Uhr

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic continued their dream start to 2021 on Saturday, as they defeated Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 7-6(3), 6-7(11), 10-4 to reach the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final.The second seeds were unable to convert three match points in a 24-point second-set tie-break, but they kept their composure to reach their third final from four events this year in just under two hours. Mektic and Pavic, who own a 15-1 record in 2021, will now look to add to the titles they collected earlier this year at the Antalya Open and the Murray River Open.[WATCH LIVE 1]Mektic and Pavic have had to survive two Match Tie-breaks en route to the final. In the quarter-finals, the Croatian pair recovered from a set down to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.Mektic and Pavic will meet Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau in the championship match.