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Andrey Rublev Monte Carlo 2021

‘I can play on every surface’ – Andrey Rublev reaches first final on grass

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Andrey Rublev said he “stayed calm” to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili and reach his first grass court final at the Noventi Open in Halle.

The world No. 7 defeated the 29-year-old Georgian 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals of the ATP 500 tournament.

The Russian broke twice to race through the first set, before the world No. 30 secured a single break to take the second and level the contest.

Rublev then earned the crucial break for 4-2 in the decider and – despite Basilashvili saving three match points on serve – finished the job.

“It’s my first final on grass and in Halle. I think I can play on every surface and I will try my best again tomorrow,” said the 23-year-old in a post-match interview.

“I had good opportunities to break him (Basilashvili) in the second set, some quite easy forehands and I stressed a little showing my emotions. I then came back and stayed calm until the last game. But I won.”

Rublev will face either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Ugo Humbert in the title match.

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)


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