It was a big Sunday for Andrey Rublev. The 23-year-old captured his fifth title of 2020 beating lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-4 in the Vienna final.
“This tournament is really special for me because my grandma was also Austrian, so I have Austrian blood,” Rublev said. “It’s a really special title for me.”
The Russian also clinched a berth in the ATP Finals to begin in two weeks from today.
“I’m happy. I’m happy that I won the title here. I’m happy that I will compete in London for the first time. I’m really looking forward,” Rublev said. “There are still so many things I need to improve and it’s going to be a good challenge for me to see what exactly I need to improve to be at that level, to be able to compete against the top eight players.”
Rublev’s five titles is also tops on the tour for 2020 and his 39 wins equals Novak Djokovic’s total. He didn’t lost a set all event or even his serve, holding all 38 times. He’s won his last 10 matches and 24 of his last 27.
Sonego was seeking his second career ATP title. The Italian stunned Djokovic earlier in the week.
“Today was not so easy because Rublev has confidence,” Sonego said. “This is his fifth final in one year. This is amazing. For me, it’s only the first.
“He plays all the points and he wants to win every match. He’s so strong,” he added. “He serves so good and it’s impossible to break him. And he returns so good. Those are two very important things.”
Rublev will now head to Paris where he enjoys a bye before facing the Rudu Albot-Hubert Hurkacz winner.
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