“Everything is going well” says Andrey Rublev before Rotterdam Open final
Andrey Rublev said that “everything is going well” following his clinical semi-final win over Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rublev won his 19th match in a row at the ATP 500 level in Rotterdam, a run that has included three consecutive tournament wins at Hamburg, St Petersburg and Vienna. The Russian, ranked number eight in the world, has only lost one match so far this year – a straight sets defeat to compatriot Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open – and is favourite to claim his fourth straight ATP 500 title against Marton Fucsovics today.
“[I play tennis] 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,” Rublev said in an on-court interview. “A final is always special, so I am going to try to do my best tomorrow.
“I am happy with my performance. I am happy that I am in a final. 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.”
Hungarian qualifier Fucsovics, the world number 59, has had a memorable week after taking down four higher ranked opponents, including a comfortable 6-4 6-1 win over world number 26 Borna Coric yesterday.
“I am very happy. [This is the] first ATP 500 final in my career,” Fucsovics said after his semi-final win. “[I came from] qualifying. All the week, I was playing very solid and serving well. I am enjoying this week.
“Andrey Rublev is playing unbelievable nowadays, especially in the ATP 500s. He didn’t lose a match for a long time. It is going to be an interesting final. I will try to play my best and enjoy this moment.”
Meanwhile, top seed Diego Schwartzman is into the final of the ATP 250 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. Playing in his home country, the Argentine defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0 6-4 to set up a final against Francisco Cerundolo.