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(Reuters) – Australian Alex de Minaur warmed up for his Grand Slam at home with an ATP title on Wednesday, winning the Antalya Open when fellow finalist Alexander Bublik retired with an ankle injury after just seven minutes of play. De Miñaur, his country’s top ranked player at 23rd, was 2-0 up in the first set when the Kazakh retired. De Miñaur said the victory at Turkey’s ATP 250 tournament, his fourth title on the main tour, was a huge boost heading into next month’s Australian Open. “At the beginning of the year that’s what you need,” he told reporters. “I knew he had a great preseason, he was ready to compete.” I think I gave myself the best possible chance to go deeper into this tournament and I’m happy with how it ended. “-Last year he missed the Australian Open due to abdominal distention.” It was a bittersweet moment last year so I hope that a year later I can come back stronger and have a great summer, “he said. at home and (to) play in front of the local fans, that’s for sure.” Bublik had sprained his right leg during Tuesday’s semi-final win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. “I sprained my ankle yesterday … I was in the physiotherapy room yesterday for three hours and tried to prepare for today’s match.” he told the ATP Tour website.