Roll of Honour rallies Bublik
Alexander Bublik will be a player all men will want to avoid in the Wimbledon draw next week.
The unorthodox 26-year-old was spellbinding for the Halle crowd with his usual concoction of instinctive shots and disguised strokes to clinch his second title.
Bublik managed to link all his trickery together along with some astonishing performances to down seeded opponents Borna Coric, Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev, before capping his milestone week 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 facing Andrey Rublev.
“It really means the world to me,” said Bublik, who rises to a career-high world No.26.
“I’ve been struggling for half a year and now having this a reward, I don’t take it for granted. It was hard work. I was walking through the little hall of fame here before entering the court for the very first time against Struff and I was like ‘Wow, the different names, a lot of guys I’m familiar with. That would be nice maybe to have it one day’. But I could not even imagine that I would win this tournament, and I’m really, really happy.”