Popyrin continues streak in Rome

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin has posted his fifth straight win on the red clay in Rome after a round three victory against fellow qualifier Roman Safiullin.

Melbourne – 3 Febuary 2021: Alexei Popyrin serving against USA’s Tommy Paul.

Popyrin won two qualifying matches to reach the main draw. The world no. 77 backed up his impressive round two victory over top-10 ranked Felix Auger Aliassime.

Popyrin defeated Safiullin 7-5, 7-5 to book a match against the no. 7 seed Holger Rune from Denmark.

Both are former Roland Garros boys’ singles champions, with Popyrin winning the 2017 title and Rune reigning in 2019.

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