Tsitsipas wins Stockholm Open, 1st Greek to claim ATP title

Ruben Hill
October 24, 2018

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.

It was third time lucky for the 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in Stockholm, defeating a qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 21 minutes for his maiden ATP title, becoming the first player from his country to lift an ATP trophy! "Hopefully many Greek players can achieve something like this", Tsitsipas told atpworldtour.com.

Third seed Tsitsipas defeated Fabio Fognini (2), who himself remains an outside shot for the ATP Finals, in a one-sided 6-3 6-2 victory. It was a clinical display by Tsitsipas who converted the two break points that came his way while offering precious little chance for Gulbis to threaten. "[Fabio] was going for shots and the beginning of the match was really tough...."

"I like the way I am playing now, I like the way I am feeling, the way I am hitting and moving" said Gulbis.

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. The roller-coaster ride that is Gulbis' career is suddenly trending upward again and has him through to his first ATP final since 2014. "I wish that it's not the last one".

Top-seeded German Julia Goerges beat Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5 Saturday to win the WTA Luxembourg tournament.

Khachanov overcame Mannarino in just 55 minutes to become the first Russian victor of the men's singles at the Kremlin Cup since Mikhail Youzhny in 2009.

"I'm obviously very happy". A lot of hard work goes into this.

"You always remember this one".

Home favorite Karen Khachanov raced past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2 to claim his third career title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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