Two of the hottest ATP players met in the Rotterdam semifinals today and Andrey Rublev came out ahead of Stefanos Tsitsipas on the slow indoor court 6-3, 7-6(2).
“I am happy with my performance. I am happy that I am in a final,” Rublev said. “I won some great matches. Everything is going well. I just want to keep working, keep trying to improve and we will see what is going to happen.”
Both players came in with just one Australian Open loss on the season and three-setters the day before, but the Greek went nearly 3 hours yesterday in a win over Karen Khachanov.
“To play at the best level, to play at the best tournaments, to try to compete, then to go deep and to try to win them,” said Rublev who has now won 19 straight at the ATP 500 level. “A final is always special, so I am going to try to do my best tomorrow.”
Rublev improves to 12-1 on the year and 3-3 against Tsitsipas. He’ll be the big favorite tomorrow in the final against qualifier Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian “Cyborg” eased past Borna Coric 6-4, 6-1 to reach his biggest career final.
“I am very happy. First ATP 500 final in my career,” Fucsovics said. “All the week, I was playing very solid and serving well. I am enjoying this week.”
Rublev and Fucsovics have split two prior meetings. Rublev will seek his 8th career title, Fucsovics his 2nd after winning 2018 Geneva over Peter Gojowczyk.
“Andrey Rublev is playing unbelievable nowadays, especially in the ATP 500s. He didn’t lose a match for a long time,” said Fucsovics. “It is going to be an interesting final. I will try to play my best and enjoy this moment.”
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