Antalya – Japan’s Yuichi Sugita lifted his first ATP Tour title after winning the grass court tournament at Antalya on Saturday.
The 66th-ranked Sugita battled past France’s Adrian Mannarino, ranked four places above him, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4).
28-year-old from Sendai had earned a berth in his first final after
Marcos Baghdatis retired in Friday’s semi-final with heat exhaustion.
Sugita had been leading 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 4-1 when the Cypriot player quit.
Mannarino, 29, was playing the third final of his career after Bogota and Auckland in 2015, as he searches for his maiden title.
Result from the ATP grass court tournament at Antalya on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Yuichi Sugita (JPN) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)