Rublev wins St. Petersburg title for 4th of season

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2020

22-year-old Andrey Rublev notched his fourth title of 2020, tying Novak Djokovic for the ATP lead in that category, with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Croatia's Borna Coric on Sunday at the St. Petersburg Open. These two players have actually only played each other once before, three years ago at the Delray Beach Open, where Raonic won 6-3, 7-6 (2).

It was deja vu for Coric as he finished runner-up in St Petersburg to a Russian again after a straight sets loss to Daniil Medvedev previous year.

Djere, 25, won 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 against the Italian wildcard, having also previously won on clay in Rio de Janeiro past year.

The win brings Rublev closer to securing a spot at the ATP Finals next month after he moved into the top 10 of the rankings for the first time Monday.

His run of losses stretches back to his first ATP final in February 2019 at the Rio Open. "He was playing very well at the last couple of tournaments". It was a tough decision, as Coric was in solid position, and ready to put away a backhand volley, but Rublev's floater clipped the line, and even though Coric saved a break point with a big serve to get to 30-40, he could not stop Rublev on the next point. Raonic has not been broken in 29 service games during the week.

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The draw left Chelsea in sixth place with eight points from five games, while Southampton are now 10th with seven. It was definitely the best we played this season, "Lampard told BBC Sport.

Wawrinka again lost his serve to 1-1 in the second set, but he was able to break free in the process. "From the beginning, I knew it was going to be tough".

"Rublev plays perhaps the best tennis of his life".

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

In the other half of the draw, No. 7 seed Borna Cornic of Croatia defeated unseeded and 36th-ranked Reilly Opelka of the United States, 7-6 (3), 6-3, and in the featured nightcap, 2015 champion and No. 6 seed Milos Raonic fired 15 aces and beat No. 4 seed Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation, 6-1, 7-6 (1), in one hour and 26 minutes. The 22-year-old added the title in Russian Federation to trophies in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg.

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