Ben Shelton Clinches First ATP Tour Title in Tokyo
In Tokyo, Japan, American tennis player Ben Shelton secured his first ATP Tour title on Sunday with a convincing victory over Aslan Karatsev. Shelton dominated the match, defeating Karatsev 7-5, 6-1 in just over an hour and twenty minutes. He showcased his strong serving skills, hitting three aces and winning 80 percent of his first serve points. Shelton also broke Karatsev’s serve four times throughout the match. With this win, Shelton’s ranking is set to climb to a career-high No. 14 in the world when the new rankings are released. On the other hand, Karatsev, who was aiming for his fourth career title, will move up to No. 37 in the world.
Gael Monfils Claims 12th ATP Tour Title in Stockholm
French player Gael Monfils entertained the crowd in Stockholm, Sweden by clinching his 12th ATP Tour title. Monfils defeated Pavel Kotov in a thrilling match that lasted two hours and thirty-seven minutes. After losing the first set, Monfils showed his experience on the court, ultimately winning the match 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3. Monfils hit seven aces and 22 winners, utilizing his skills to overpower his opponent. Following this victory, Monfils will be ranked No. 90 in the world in the upcoming rankings. Kotov, who entered the event as a qualifier, will improve his ranking to No. 81.
Alexander Bublik Emerges Victorious in Antwerp
In Antwerp, Belgium, Alexander Bublik secured his third ATP Tour title by defeating rising French player Arthur Fils. Bublik demonstrated his dominance throughout the match, winning 6-4, 6-4 in just one hour and fifteen minutes. He served 11 aces, overpowering his opponent with his strong serve. Additionally, Bublik hit 29 winners, including a serve with a maximum speed of 141 MPH. With this win, Bublik’s ranking will rise to No. 30 in the world, while Fils will improve to No. 38. Fils notably defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on his path to the finals.
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