Ivashka claims maiden ATP title with crushing Winston-Salem triumph

Ilya Ivashka became the first Belarusian to win a trophy at ATP Tour level since Max Mirnyi in 2003 and the eighth first-time winner on the circuit this year

Washington, DC, USA; Ilya Ivashka of Belarus at the Citi Open

Ilya Ivashka clinched his first ATP Tour title after cruising past Mikael Ymer at the Winston-Salem Open.

Ivashka became the first Belarusian to win a trophy at ATP Tour level since Max Mirnyi in 2003 after a crushing 6-0, 6-2 win over Ymer on Satuday.

The 27-year-old, who needed just 56 minutes to claim silverware, also became the eighth first-time winner on the ATP Tour this season and the sixth champion ranked outside the top 50 in 2021.

“This week, I had everything,” said Ivashka, who won 90 per cent of points on his first serve against his Swedish opponent in the final of the ATP 250 event.

Ivashka, who stunned top seed and 2016 champion Pablo Carreno Busta en route to the title, added: “In the second round, I was booking my flights to New York. I was two points away from losing (against Marin Cilic) and now I am standing here. “It is incredible how things can change in one match. It was an unbelievable pleasure to play here. I feel amazing to play in front of such a nice crowd and I really enjoyed it.”

Ivashka faces American Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the US Open, which begins on Monday in New York.

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