Troicki takes Sydney title

Viktor Troicki claimed his second career ATP Tour title as he beat fellow qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin at the Apia International in Sydney.

Troicki takes Sydney title

Viktor Troicki claimed his second career ATP Tour title as he beat fellow qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin at the Apia International in Sydney.

Troicki, ranked 92nd in the world, triumphed 6-2 6-3 in the first ATP World Tour final to be contested by two qualifiers.

The 28-year-old Serbian, seeking to climb back up the rankings after serving a one-year ban for a failed drugs test, claimed his first title since the 2010 Kremlin Cup.

He previously reached the final of this tournament in 2011 but lost out to Gilles Simon.

Troicki dominated the match, serving 13 aces to just one from Kukushkin, and wrapping up victory in under 65 minutes.

Kukushkin was not helped by an apparent thigh injury. He received treatment at 4-1 down in the second set and rallied to win the next two games, his first break of serve, but Troicki quickly broke back on his way to victory.

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