Viktor Troicki was delighted to have ended his long wait for a second ATP title with victory at the Sydney International on Saturday.
Viktor Troicki was elated to have ended a long and turbulent wait for a second ATP Tour title at the Sydney International on Saturday.
The Serb has not claimed a tournament victory since 2010 in Moscow, in which time he served a year-long ban from the sport for skipping a doping test.
Troicki returned from his suspension in July 2014, but has had to wait until now to seal a final victory " beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 " which he hopes can propel him onto bigger and better things in 2015.
"There are a lot of emotions," said the world number 92. "It's been a tough road, a lot of work, and it paid off with a nice title.
"If I look back to where I was five, six months ago, it's amazing to have a title already. So it's a really nice moment for me and for all my team. It's very emotional.
"I've got to say I have been working harder than ever probably, and I feel very, very fit. I didn't have any problems. I had eight matches here and luckily I haven't had problems. I feel very fresh again.
"I have inside myself trust in my body, and I feel I can do a lot of things."
Meanwhile, Kukushkin was able to take plenty of positives out of his performances in Sydney, despite losing the second final of his career.
He said: "For sure I can take something positive from this week. A final of an ATP tournament is important. Of course it's something special, and of course it was great for me anyway because I won seven matches.
"To start the season like that, to win so many matches, to get some confidence, is really important.
"But of course it was a disappointing final for me; Viktor just played better today."