Andrey Rublev will aim for an ATP-leading fifth title of this COVID-marred season when he takes on Lorenzo Sonego in the final of the ATP event in Vienna.
Russian Rublev, seeded fifth and ranked eight in the world has won 18 or his last 19 matches; his latest victim was former No. 5 South African Kevin Anderson, who was forced to retire trailing 6-4, 4-1 with a right leg problem.
Rublev will face the tournament’s Italian surprise packet in Lorenzo Sonego, the lucky loser from qualifying who thumped world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals with the loss of just three games – the worst career defeat for Djokovic over three sets.
No. 42 Sonego continued his good work as he hammered Brit Dan Evans 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes in a first-time meeting. The Italian got away to a 3-0 lead in nine minutes and never looked threatened.
Sonego will be competing in his first career ATP 500-level final; he comes into the wrapup day in the Austrian capital 8-0 in sets this week.
“I’m really happy,” Sonego said. “After yesterday it was not easy playing against Evans.
“He’s talented and has a good backhand – it was not easy. But today I won and I am so happy.”
Sonego and Rublev met in a Challenger match in 2016 won by the Russian.
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