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Radu Albot Becomes First Moldovan To Win ATP Tour-Level Tennis Title

Chisinau-native Radu Albot has now won more than $2 million dollars in prize money.

Radu Albot became the first Moldovan to win an ATP tour-level tennis title after he defeated Britain's Daniel Evans in the Delray Beach Open in the U.S. state of Florida.

The 82nd-ranked Albot, the first Moldovan to rate in the top 100, will likely move up into the low 50s after his 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) win over the 148th-ranked Evans on February 24.

The 29-year-old Albot led 2-1 in the third set with a service break when the match was delayed by a 56-minute rain storm.

"It feels unbelievable," Albot said. "You work your whole life, your whole career, and at the end you win a tournament.

Albot, who was born and resides in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, previously had won an ATP doubles title.

He turned professional in 2008.

His career prize money is listed at $2.1 million.

According to ATP records, Albot is only the second player from Moldova to rank in the top 200 of men's tennis, the other being Roman Borvanov, who reached 200.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP