VIENNA OPEN: Russian Andrey Rublev has won his fifth title of the season beating Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday in Vienna, Austria.
Rublev who has continued in his improved form of the season in which he has won three of his last four tournaments, improving to 7-2 in careers finals. He dominated the match with his powerful ground strokes and dropped just one point in his first four service games.
Lorenzo on his part was a surprise finalist having lost in the qualification a week ago but was added to the main draw to replace the injured Argentine, Diego Schwartzman who did not drop a set to the final. He even smashed Djokovic in the quarter-final 6-2, 6-1 on his road to the final.
The 42nd ranked Lorenzo could not replicate the shock win over Djokovic as Rublev who was faced with two break points at 5-4 but bounced back to save them to close out the opening set.
In the second Rublev earned another break with serve 4-4 but showed class of his improved form by winning the next game to wrap the win.
Meanwhile, Rublev has credited himself for working on his emotions checks which has produced fantastic results for him this season.
“I am complaining a lot on court but that is the thing that I need to change. I think this week I did it really well, I was not really complaining much. I was not really showing emotions much. It was one of the calmest weeks I have ever played” Rublev said.
With the result, the Russian earns himself a berth at the ATP Finals in London, the season-ending tough challenge.
“I am happy that I won the title here, I am happy that I will compete in London for the first time.” Rublev, whose grandmother is from Austria, said.
Andrey Rublev the Erste Bank Open winner will hope to replicate the surprises by winning his sixth title of the season at the London challenge.