Rublev, Tsitsipas qualify for Monte-Carlo Masters final

Sports Desk, Apr 17 (EFE).- Andrey Rublev set up a Monte-Carlo Masters final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas after straight-set wins over Casper Ruud and Daniel Evans respectively as both continue their search for a maiden ATP Masters title.

The Russian, who stunned the 11-time Champions Rafael Nadal in the last-8, secured his first ATP Masters final appearance with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Ruud, who knocked out holder Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals.

 During the 80-minute encounter, the sixth-seed could not save any of the three break points he faced but managed to create and seize on five break points to advance to the final of the first clay ATP Masters of the season.

“It is an amazing feeling. It is my first [ATP Masters 1000] final, so I am really happy,” Rublev, 23, said afterwards.

In both sets, Rublev had to rally from behind as he was forced to overturn a 2-1 first set deficit before gaining a service break that he consolidated for a decisive 5-2 lead.

 Despite an early 2-0 second-set lead, Rublev found himself 4-2 down, but he immediately restored order and made the final blow for a 6-5.

An easy hold in the following game earned him a spot in the final where he will face off against Tsitsipas, who made short work of Evans.

The Greek dropped only three games to end the Briton’s run at the tournament that saw him send top-ranked Novak Djokovic packing in the third round.

 The 2019 ATP Finals champion lost his service game once in the first set, but his untouchable on serve in the second to seal a 6-2, 6-1 win.

“I am indeed pleased with the performance. I found ways to play at my best,” the fourth-seeded said after his win.

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