Alexei Popyrin has secured a first ATP-level semifinal appearance in Singapore with a win over fellow Australian Matt Ebden.
It took the 21-year-old an hour and 21 minutes to secure the 6-4 7-6(7) victory over his countryman.
The world No.114 Popyrin was contesting his second quarterfinal at that level, matching his best tournament result from Atlanta in 2019.
Popyrin’s second career win over Ebden – he claimed his other win at Basel in 2018 – was helped by a stellar serving display.
The younger Australian hit 14 aces and did not face a break point until the second set tiebreak.
Highlighting the quality of their encounter, Popryin secured the only break of serve in the 10th game to claim the first-set advantage before securing victory on his second match point.
Ebden, a wildcard recipient into the ATP 250 tournament was aiming to make a fourth career semifinal at ATP level.
Popyrin will face No.3 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia or N0.8 seed Soonwoo Kwon of Korea for the chance to contest Sunday’s final.