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Tennis: Tsitsipas becomes first Greek ATP champion with Stockholm triumph

AFP , Sunday 21 Oct 2018
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Tennis - ATP Stockholm Open - Men's Single Final - Stockholm, Sweden - October 21 2018. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece poses with his trophy next to Sweden's Prince Daniel after winning the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament men's single final against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia Reuters
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Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man to win an ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis in Stockholm, ending the Latvian player's perfect record in finals.

World number 16 Tsitsipas, who had lost both his previous finals this year to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and Toronto, went one better than Nicholas Kalogeropoulos who was the first Greek to make a tour-level final in Des Moines in 1983.

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

Former top-10 player Gulbis, now ranked 145 and who came through qualifying in Stockholm, had been hoping to make it seven titles in seven finals.

"He played a really good match. He had a great week," said 30-year-old Gulbis on court after playing in his first final since 2014.

"I know it's a big deal to win your first ATP title, so enjoy it. I wish that it's not the last one."

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