Antwerp | Bublik powers his way to European title

The 26-year-old Alexander Bublik dominated with his serve, the final of the European Open being played at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, to win the third title of his career by defeating the 19-year-old Arthurs Fils 6-4 6-4.

It was the greatest feeling ever, so being here again, winning another title, it means the world to me. Alexander Bublik

Fils, a fast-rising star from Bondoufle near Paris, has made a huge impact on the world of tennis having already reached 30 on the rankings and seeded 4 for the ATP Tour 250 level event, and this week had taken out the top seeded Sefanos Tsistsipas en route to the final.

The final turned Bublik’s way in the fifth game of the first set and while Fils had a chance to draw level again at 3-4, the Kazakhstani sealed the opener at the second time of asking.

Bublik kept up the pressure in the second breaking Fils in the opening service game before consolidating to take 2-0 lead.

Bublik fended off two break points at 2-3 but held his nerve as Fils continued to press and was delighted to bring the match to an end after 75-minutes of intense play,

“I was pretty much serving all match,” Bublik, who hit 11 aces, negated by a similar number of double faults, 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.”

“Honestly, when we (his team) 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.”


Arthur Fils (R) and Alexander Bublik pose for photographs before he start of the final

(Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)




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