Alex de Minaur won the fourth TBEN singles title of his career on Wednesday at the Antalya Open. The fourth-seeded Australian led eighth-seed Alexander Bublik 2-0 in the first set when the Kazakhstani retired after seven minutes into the final.
Bublik tried to play after a long physiotherapy session but twisted his right ankle on Tuesday in his semi-final victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
The world No.49 told ATPTour.com: “I twisted my ankle yesterday and finished with an adrenaline rush for the best win of my life. I was so lucky to win. I tried to play. I was in the physiotherapy room for three hours yesterday and tried to prepare for today’s game. It’s tough for me in my third TBEN final, and I never won.
De Minaur, 21, joins the three hard-court TBEN titles he won in 2019 at Sydney International (d. Seppi), Truist Atlanta Open (d. Fritz) and Zhuhai Championships (d. d. Mannarino). It was his first final since October 2020 at the European Open in Antwerp (from left to Humbert).
This week De Minaur beat Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the first round, Bulgarian qualifier Adrian Andreev in the second round, sixth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the quarter-finals and second-seed Belgian David Goffin in the half. final at Limak. Arcadia Sport Resort in Antalya.