Popyrin's Qatar Open bid ended after marathon tiebreak

By Ian Chadband
Updated February 24 2024 - 7:20am, first published 7:17am
Alexei Popyrin has been beaten in the semi-final of the Qatar Open in Doha by Karen Khachanov. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS)
Alexei Popyrin has been beaten in the semi-final of the Qatar Open in Doha by Karen Khachanov. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS)

Alexei Popyrin's bid to reach his first ATP final of the year has been sunk by Russian Karen Khachanov, who went on to knock out the Australian in the Qatar Open semis after prevailing in a dramatic 26-point first-set tiebreak.

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