Rublev, Coric Advance To St. Petersburg Open Final

  • Rublev, Coric Advance To St. Petersburg Open Final

Rublev, Coric Advance To St. Petersburg Open Final

He saved six of the eight break points he faced from Raonic.

Victory also improved Rublev's chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals next month which has two spots left. After it was over, Rublev added 120 FedEx ATP Rankings points to his ledger in the Battle for London and moved into eighth place with 3,229 points, ahead of Diego Schwartzman.

According to RIA News, Coric in the semifinals beat the representative of Canada Milos Raonic with a score of 1: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4.

Rublev leveled the match after breaking Shapovalov in the fourth game of the second set - thanks to four straight double faults by the Canadian leftie.

"The match was unreal", Rublev told "The level was high from both sides".

"Sometimes our game style looks the same, we both play aggressively and we like to hit winners, so it's going to be tough but interesting". Shapovalov was leading and he had break point in the second set, so everything could [have] been in two sets for him...

"I think Andrey is one of the best players on the planet right now", Shapovalov said.

The Canadian will be going for his first career ATP title-he's 0-5 in his career in finals.

Just two qualification positions remain vacant for the ATP Finals, to be held from November 15-22. Shapovalov has a 2-1 edge on Rublev in the lifetime series.

Rublev entered the semi-final encounter on a two-match losing streak against the Canadian, having claimed his only previous victory against Shapovalov in a final-set tie-break at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017.

In Sunday's final in Saint Petersburg, Rublev will target his fourth title of 2020 when he faces last year's runner-up Borna Coric. However, last year, Russian Danil Medvedev was more successful. The victory advanced him to his second straight St. Petersburg Open final.

Coric's appearance in Sunday's final will be his seventh final match on the ATP Tour.

The first two sets were blowouts. His sixth ace closed out the 39-minute set, 6-3, and it was on to the decider.

'In that game [at 1-2], he was 40/0 up and he went to take a risk, said Rublev. When he gave me this opportunity, I used it.

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

Rublev trailed Shapovalov by a set but fought back to prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and ensure there will be a home hope in the final.

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