Alexander Bublik becomes first player to achieve crazy record with Montpellier crown

Shahida Jacobs
Alexander Bublik with Open Sud De France trophy
Alexander Bublik crowned Open Sud De France champion

Alexander Bublik collected his fourth ATP Tour singles trophy when he won the Open Sud De France and with the title run he became the first player to achieve a crazy feat.

The mercurial Bublik once again came from a set down to beat Borna Coric in the final of the ATP 250 tournament, winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in just over two hours in Montpellier.

In the process, the Kazakh star became the first player ever to win an ATP title having lost the first set in each of his matches of a tournament.

Not bad for someone who started the event on the back of a shock first-round loss at the Australian Open and who came within a point of losing in the second round in France.

“I was on the verge of losing in my opening round, now here I am standing with the title,” he said after winning his second Open Sud De France title. “Thank you to the crowd for supporting me throughout the week.

“I’ve seen all these great [former] champions out there, and my face is [among them] in the stadium [because of 2022]. Maybe if I continue playing like this, I will have more of my pictures here, so I’m really happy.”

It was another crazy day for Bublik as he actually held a 4-1 advantage in the opening set before Boric stormed back.

After being asked about his new milestone following his win, Bublik joked: “Honestly after 4-1 I asked my coach what I should do. He gave me good advice. So I lost the set again.”

Bublik’s record-breaking run

The second seed kicked off his campaign against Denis Shapovalov and came back from a nightmare start to win the second-round encounter 1-6, 7-6 (14-12), 6-3 after saving three match points in the second set.

Next up was fellow Kazakh player Alexander Shevchenko in the quarter-final and he won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a last-four showdown with third seed Felix Auger-Aliassiame.

The Canadian also got off to a good start by winning the opening set before Bublik pulled off another stunning comeback win with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 scoreline.

And of course he once again needed a set to “warm up” in the final as he went the distance again against Coric.

The victory helped Bublik to rise to a new career-high of No 23 in the ATP Rankings and three of his four titles have now come in the last eight months as he won the Halle Open in June and the European Open in October.