Andrey Rublev continued his strong play since the restart capturing his home title in St. Petersburg beating Boric Coric 7-6(5), 6-4.
The title was Rublev’s fourth of 2020 and sixth of his career. Rublev, who turns 23 on Tuesday, has won 14 of his last 15 matches.
“I feel happy. This one is really special for me,” Rublev said after his first St. Petersburg final. “I think this one is the most special for me, for the moment, and will always be special.
“I am proud and I am happy with the way I am performing,” he added. “I try not to think about it. I try to focus on the things I still need to improve, because there are so many things I can improve and I have to improve if I want to be at the same level or even better.”
Rublev’s recent run has put him into position for a year-end spot in the ATP Finals.
“I know I have a really good chance to qualify, but still it is not 100 per cent yet,” Rublev said. “This year, I didn’t expect that I would have a chance, so in the end nothing is going to change for me. Even if I don’t make it, the season was really good for me anyway. If I make it, it is really good news. One chance to compete against the best players, to do my best.”
While Rublev improves to 6-2 in ATP finals, Coric drops to 2-6 including a loss in this final last year to Daniil Medvedev. And he’s now 0-4 against Rublev having never won a set.
“When I go back home I can train even more, I can train harder,” Coric said. “Next year I will come back for sure and hopefully I can win.”
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