Rublev downs Coric to win St Petersburg Open for fourth title in 2020

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Tennis - ATP 500 - St Petersburg Open - St Petersburg, Russia - October 18, 2020 Russia's Andrey Rublev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Croatia's Borna Coric REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

St. Petersburg (Russia), Oct. 18, 2020 (Reuters/Naija247news) Russian third seed Andrey Rublev won his fourth ATP Tour title of the year when he beat Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6(5) 6-4 to lift the St Petersburg Open trophy on Sunday.

Having also won tournaments in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg this year, Rublev is now tied with Novak Djokovic for most titles in 2020.

The 22-year-old is also three wins shy of the world number one’s 37 victories.

It was deja vu for Coric as he finished runner-up in St Petersburg to a Russian again after a straight sets loss to Daniil Medvedev last year.

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

After the opening set went with serve, Rublev clinched it on the tiebreak in spite of being 2-5 down before converting a break-point in the second to emerge victorious.

Victory also gave Rublev a big push in his quest to qualify for next month’s season-ending ATP Finals for the first time.

The Russian will now move up to eighth in the world rankings.

Two spots remain to be filled as Rublev leads Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who currently occupies the final qualification position.

World number one Novak Djokovic, French Open champion Rafael Nadal, U.S. Open winner Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have already qualified for the ATP Finals

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