Wu Yibing made historical past Sunday, beating John Isner in an exhilarating three-set last on the Dallas Open to grow to be the primary man from China to win an ATP title.
Wu, 23, held off 4 match factors earlier than occurring to safe a 6-7(4-7) 7-6(7-3) 7-6(14-12) win over American Isner, a person with 16 titles, in slightly below three hours.
Earlier than his run to the ultimate, no Chinese language man had ever reached a tour-level last within the skilled period or defeated a top-10 opponent.
In beating world quantity eight and high seed Taylor Fritz within the semifinals, the Hangzhou native had already made his mark within the historical past books by attaining each these feats.
And on Monday he proceed to set information when he rose to world quantity 58 within the rankings, making him the highest-ranked Chinese language participant in ATP historical past.
“I made historical past right here for my nation and for my dwelling,” stated Wu on the trophy ceremony. “I’m very pleased with myself and particularly due to all of the followers and my staff who got here right here to assist. I couldn’t do that with none of you guys.”
The massive serving Isner served a outstanding 44 aces within the match, which lasted two hours and 59 minutes.
Within the last tiebreak, 22 consecutive factors went with serve earlier than Wu pressured Isner to hit a forehand lengthy.
“I don’t know what number of match factors I had, I’m positive it’s rather a lot,” stated Isner. “I swear I assumed I gained the match a couple of instances … Sports activities will be brutal.
“He’s an unbelievable ballstriker and an excellent expertise.”
Previous to this week, Wu – who had not competed on the tour from March 2019 to January 2022 due to accidents – had gained simply six tour-level matches.
In Dallas, he beat a collection of high-caliber gamers in Michael Mmoh, Denis Shapovalov, Adrian Mannarino, Fritz and Isner.