Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Stefanos Tsitsipas wins Stockholm Open, first Greek to claim ATP title

Stefanos Tsitsipas wins Stockholm Open, first Greek to claim ATP title

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek tennis player to win an ATP World Tour title when he beat Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Tsitsipas, seeded third, wrapped up victory in 81 minutes.

"I'm obviously very happy".

While Kyle Edmund was making his breakthrough in Antwerp, Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas added to his growing reputation by claiming his maiden ATP title too.

The win ads to an already remarkable season for the young star, who reached his first tour-level final in Barcelona, climbed up the rankings to No.16 and became the youngest player ranked in the top 20 by the ATP. "[Fabio] was going for shots and the beginning of the match was really tough...."

Formerly top-10 Gulbis, now ranked 145, had an impressive record in ATP tournaments, having won all six of his previous finals. "I wish that it's not the last one".

Edmund is the first British man other than Andy Murray to win a singles title since Greg Rusedski's success in Newport in July 2005.

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At the Kremlin Cup, Adrian Mannarino defeated Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-5 to set up a showpiece with Karen Khachanov, who defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in an all-Russian semi-final.

Edmund struggled with the occasion in his first ATP final in Marrakech earlier this season but held his nerve superbly here, coming from a set down to see off his highly-experienced opponent 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4).

It was only his second Tour final after a straight-sets defeat by Pablo Andujar in Morocco in April.

"There's always been something to let me down".

The account of the meeting - 6:4, 6:4. "Now this day has finally come".

The victory means the powerful Khachanov is the first Russian victor of the men's singles title at the Kremlin Cup since Mikhail Youzhny in 2009.

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