Tearful Muller wins in Sydney for first tour title

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg reacts after beating Daniel Evans of Britain (R) to win the men's singles final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on January 14, 2017. (Reuters)
Luxembourg veteran Gilles Muller prevented an all-Britain singles sweep at the Sydney International, beating Daniel Evans 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the men’s final Saturday.

It was the 33-year-old Muller’s first ATP win in his sixth final. At No. 34, he had been the highest-ranked player on the ATP Tour to have not won a tournament.

Sydney-born Johanna Konta of Britain won the women’s final on Friday over Agnieszka Radwanska.

Muller had played 16 years and more than 260 matches to achieve his first tournament win.

He broke down during the trophy presentation ceremony.

‘‘It just means so much to win for the first time in front of my boys and my wife,’’ Muller said. ‘‘It’s been a great ride so far ... what a night.’’

Muller won $78,000 and a rankings boost that will lift him into the top 30 for the first time.

He has a first-round Australian Open match against American Taylor Fritz.


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