Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
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Edmund wins first ATP title

Edmund wins first ATP title

The Greek ranked 16th in the world is the youngest player in the world top 20.

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek ATP champion at the Stockholm Open tennis tournament final on Sunday, landing a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Tsitsipas had lost his previous two finals, both this year to world No.1 Rafael Nadal. The No. 145-ranked Gulbis was an easier proposition, though, and Tsitsipas won 80 percent of his service points and didn't have his serve broken. The No. 3 seed dropped the second set of his opening-round match against John Millman, but then won seven consecutive sets to come out victorious, adding 250 ATP Ranking points to his total as well as earning €109,310. Nevertheless her strong showing continues a great season for the player who has risen past Aļona Ostapenko in the rankings.

Tsitsipas began the year just inside the world's top 100 with only four Tour-level wins to his name but has matured into a one of the sport's most risky newcomers.

7-6 (7/4) victory caps a breakthrough season for the 23-year-old and keeps alive his slim hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. While it was disappointing for Gulbis to not win his seventh tour-level title, the former World No. 10 gave full credit to Tsitsipas. He also leaves the tournament with 150 points and €57,570.

"He played a really good match". This was his first comeback to a final since 2014 and the 30-year-old was quick to acknowledge his fellow athlete's triumph.

Gulbis had only four tour-level wins this year entering the tournament, and was appearing in his first final in more than four years. "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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