Andrey Rublev kept the pedal to the metal Saturday blasting past Kevin Anderson 6-4, 4-1 to reach the Vienna final.
Anderson had to retire after the fifth game of the second set due to a right leg injury, but the Russian was in full control. Rubelv has now won 23 of his last 26 and 9 straight as he flies into the final where he will meet the surprising lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego.
“I don’t know why it’s going so well. I have such an amazing team, such amazing friends around me that always support me and probably that’s why I’m playing so good,” Rublev said.. “I came here thinking that I have nothing to lose. I already did a really great season, so I came here to enjoy, to do my best, to fight for every point, every match, and now here I am in the final. I want to keep thinking in the same way and we’ll see what’s going to happen tomorrow.”
A day after stunning World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Sonego backed up his big win by dispatching Dan Evans 6-3, 6-4. It’s the 25-year-old Sonego’s first career ATP 500 final.
“I’m really happy,” Sonego said. “After yesterday it was not easy playing against Evans because he has a good talent. He has a good backhand and it was not easy. But today I won and I am so happy.”
A week ago, Sonego fell in the final round of qualies to Aljaz Bedene but got in thanks to Diego Schwartzman’s withdrawal.
Now, the Italian bids for his second career ATP title, and biggest of his career.
“It’s amazing. I started this tournament in the qualies. It’s not easy after losing my match to win four matches and now I got to the final,” Sonego said. “I don’t have any expectations. I go with confidence and I try to do my best tomorrow.”
Sonego and Rublev have never met before. Rublev will seek his 7th career crown and enhance his hopes of making the ATP finals in a few weeks.
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