Fourth seed Andrey Rublev reached his second ATP 1000 final at the Cincinnati Open yesterday. And he did it in stunning style, breaking his losing streak to World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling three-set battle.
After an intense semifinal, the 23-year-old revealed how he got the job done.
Andrey Rublev admits first set score didn’t seem real
Speaking to Prakash Amritraj on the Tennis Channel, the 23-year-old revealed how that helped him to move forward. In addition, he revealed the first set score should have been 6-4 instead.
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He said, “We had some tough points, that I miss a bit, and he played really good. Then I played some good rallies, and I could do one frame or mistake. And some games was deuce, advantage, deuce, advantage, so it could be 6-4 the first set, I think it should be. And 6-2 looks like it was so easy, but I don’t think that score was real.”
He further admitted that his gameplay in the second set helped him turned the tide. “Then I just kept playing the same way, but in the important moments I make all these shots,” said the World No. 7. “I start to serve a little better, start to change directions. And, I think in the end, that’s how when I broke him, I finished the second set.”
Rublev: Medvedev made more mistakes in aggression
By the time they reached the third set, Rublev admitted fatigue set in for both players. He believed this made his Russian compatriot play more aggressively, forcing him to make more mistakes as it wasn’t his style of play.
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) and Andrey Rublev (RUS) at the net after their in their semi-final match during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
He said, “I think both of us were really tired, and also for him it was not easy to run the same way like he was doing in the first set. You can see that he started to hit more aggressive, he start to play much aggressive, which is not really his style of the game. And of course, more mistakes come from him, and that was better for me.”
Rublev will take on third seed Alexander Zverev in the final of the Cincinnati Open. The German overcame Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in another three-set thriller. Can the Russian build momentum towards the US Open by clinching his first ATP 1000 title?
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