Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan winning the title over James Duckworth 7-6(6), 6-3.
“I am really happy to win my first ATP 250 title,” Kwon said. “I am just really, really happy to win today. It was a tough match today against James. He served really well and played very well and I tried to focus every single point.”
Kwon becomes the first South Korean ATP champion since Hyung-Taik Lee at 2003 Sydney.
“It was a fantastic tournament and it has been an honor to play here,” Kwon said. “Thank you to my team and my coach for supporting me.”
En route to the win, the 23-year-old Kwon upset three seeds in Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and home favorite Alexander Bulbik in the semifinals. He’ll move 25 spots to a new career-high ranking of No. 57.
Like Kwon, Duckworth was also appearing in his first ATP final. Top seed Aslan Karatsev fell in his opener to Emil Ruusuvuori.
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