Rublev wins St. Petersburg title for 4th of season

Borna Coric in Second Straight St. Petersburg Final this Time Against Rublev

Rublev won the final five points to take the tiebreaker after falling behind 5-2.

World No. 10 Andrey Rublev held off a spirited challenge from Denis Shapovalov, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to get within one win of his fourth ATP title of the year at the 500-level event in St. Petersburg, Russia.

With just two places left in the eight-man field for the London season finale, Rublev is 249 points ahead of Diego Schwartzman, who now occupies the final qualification position.

The 22-year-old moved up to eighth in the race to London, leapfrogging French Open semi-finalist Diego Schwartzman.

Only world number one Djokovic can boast a similar haul from the truncated season. He will meet No. 7 seed Borna Coric in Sunday afternoon's final after the Croatian stopped No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Canada, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, to reach his first ATP final of the year and seventh in his career.

"The match was unreal, in my opinion", Rublev said. 'The level was high from both sides.

Borna gave his best to remain in touch, struggling a bit on the second serve and getting broken once in set number two, enough to push Rublev towards the finish line and another title. Djere was leading 2-6, 6-2, 4-1.

Rublev is attempting to capture his second ATP Tour trophy in Russian Federation and his fourth crown this year.

The 22-year-old Rublev added the title in Russian Federation to trophies in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg. Only Novak Djokovic, who owns a 37-2 record in 2020, is ahead of Rublev in this category.

His opponent will be 2019 finalist Coric, who will be looking to go one better than previous year after he staged a turnaround of his own. Rublev is unbeaten in three ATP Head2Head matches against Coric. It was the second time this year that the Moscow native has come back to win a match after losing the first set. His sixth ace closed out the 39-minute set, 6-3, and it was on to the decider. In the second set he broke Coric's serve at 2-2 before holding in his next three service games to complete the win. If you give him a chance, as I gave today, he will take advantage of it. ... Rublev finished the match in top form and claimed victory on his second match point when Shapovalov drove a backhand into the net. The meeting ended with the score 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.

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