Alex De Minaur put in minimal effort for maximum reward on Wednesday as the Australian won the ATP event in Turkey when injured opponent Alexander Bublik retired.

The Kazakh eighth seed was unable to go on due to a right ankle injury, playing just two games before tossing in the towel at the last tournament prior to Australian Open lockdown in Melbourne.

Victory in eight minutes marked the fourth career trophy for No. 23 de MInaur, based in Spain.  

Bublik relayed the story of his mis-adventure to the ATP website: “I twisted my ankle yesterday and finished with an adrenaline rush for the best win of my life (Over Jeremy Chardy of France). 

“I was so lucky to win. I tried to play. I was in the physio room for three hours yesterday and I tried to get ready for the match today. 

“It’s hard for me in my third ATP Tour final, and I’ve never gotten the win.”

The 21-year-old De Minaur also lifted ATP honours in 2019 at Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai. He also played the final last October in Antwerp.


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