Rublev sets up final clash with Coric

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

22-year-old Andrey Rublev notched his fourth title of 2020, tying Novak Djokovic for the ATP lead in that category, with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Croatia's Borna Coric on Sunday at the St. Petersburg Open. Rublev won the final five points to take the tiebreaker after falling behind 5-2.

Victory also improved Rublev's chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals next month which has two spots left. Prior to that, the athlete made his way to the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Only world number one Djokovic can boast a similar haul from the truncated season.

US Open runner-up Zverev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3, his third ATP Tour win on home soil as third seed Auger-Aliassime lost his sixth successive final.

Rublev was flawless on his serve and never gave Coric a break point opportunity.

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The 22-year-old Rublev added the title in Russian Federation to trophies in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg.

The first semifinal match of this ATP 500 event featured two of the ATP's young stars in Rublev and the 21-year-old Shapovalov, who were meeting for the fourth time.

"Sometimes our game style looks the same, we both play aggressively and we like to hit winners, so it's going to be tough but interesting".

Coric's appearance in Sunday's final will be his seventh final match on the ATP Tour. It was the second time this year that the Moscow native has come back to win a match after losing the first set. One or two points decided the match and today it was for me. Shapovalov closed the set after 45 minutes, striking a powerful first serve into Rublev's backhand.

Rublev served well to maintain his advantage and moved forward to strike short balls and drag his opponent out of position. When you are 40/0 up and then suddenly out of nowhere it is deuce, it is not easy.

Zverev was the first to advance, edging Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in two tight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (3), after an hour and 56 minutes.

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