Andrey Rublev has advanced to his fourth ATP 500 final in a row with a straight-sets win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
World No.8 Rublev struck 34 winners, including 24 on his forehand side, in the 6-3 7-6 (7-2) victory to reach the championship match – in which he will play qualifier Marton Fucsovics.
Rublev saved all five of the break points he faced in the first set and broke second-seeded Tsitsipas twice.
Neither player had a single break point in the second before Rublev, the fourth seed, seized his chance in the tiebreaker to sweep into a 4-0 lead which Tsitsipas couldn’t recover from.
With his 12th win in 13 matches this year, Australian Open quarter-finalist Rublev extended his winning streak at ATP 500 events to 19 matches.
Since 2009, only Roger Federer (28) and Andy Murray (21) have compiled longer streaks at the level.
Rublev is gunning for his fourth tour title in seven months in Sunday’s final after a streak of victories at Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Vienna in late 2020.
“(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.”
The Russian has a 7-2 record in career finals with a 6-0 win streak since October 2019.
Fucsovics reached his first final in more than two years with a 6-4 6-1 upset of Borna Coric, who is ranked 33 places above the Hungarian.
It was a dominant performance by Fucsovic, who converted all five of his break points opportunities, to maintain his perfect record in his three tour semi-final appearances.
Fucsovics’ only career title win was in May 2018 at the Geneva Open.
Rublev and Fucsovics have a 1-1 head-to-head record, with Rublev winning their most recent meeting in the last 16 of the French Open in October.