Rublev joins Djokovic with four titles in 2020 season

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 18, 2020

Germany's Alexander Zverev clinched his first title in over a year at Cologne while Russian Andrey Rublev went level with Novak Djokovic as a four-time title victor in 2020 with the St Petersburg Open trophy on Sunday. The Croat had a massive opportunity to take the opener, forging a 5-2 lead in the tie break before Andrey rattled off five straight points to steal it and gain momentum ahead of set number two.

Zverev will also be top seed for next week's Cologne Championships tournament where he is joined in the draw by French Open semi-finalist Diego Schwartzman and Auger-Aliassime who will be fifth seed.

Only world number one Djokovic can boast a similar haul from the truncated season.

The second-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., downed No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in quarter-final action on Friday at the ATP Tour 500 indoor hard-court event.

Rublev reached the final with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against another Canadian player, Denis Shapovalov.

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The World No. 10 levels his ATP Head2Head series against Shapovalov at 2-2.

Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic have advanced to the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg Open. Both of us deserved to win. Rublev is unbeaten in three ATP Head2Head matches against Coric.

"I don't know if I ever played as badly as in the first set". His sixth ace closed out the 39-minute set, 6-3, and it was on to the decider.

At the beginning of the third set, Coric managed to save three breaks in his first service game in that set.

Rublev served well to maintain his advantage and moved forward to strike short balls and drag his opponent out of position. He started to feel pressure... If you give him a chance, as I gave today, he will take advantage of it. ...

The five-time ATP Tour titlist returned with depth and often struck early in rallies to gain the initiative in the deciding set.

He followed up with an impressive performance against Auger-Aliassime, winning 6-3 6-3 in just under 80 minutes.

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