Red-hot Russian Andrey Rublev extended his win streak at the ATP 500 level to 23 matches on Thusday, pulling him to within five of the all-time mark held by Roger Federer.

The second seed who has won his last four 500 events dating to last autumn, reached the final four in Dubai with a defeat of Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2.

“I have really great connection with Marton and we are good friends on Tour,” Rublev said.

“I have a huge respect for him. All the matches that we’ve played each other were drama matches. We always have tough matches against each other. It’s not easy to play each other.

“It’s always long rallies, it’s always tough points and in the end we just smiled.”

Rublev was helped by nine double-faults from Fucsovics – including set point in the opener – who also dropped serve three times in 90 minutes.

He now faces compatriot Aslan Karatsev, a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open.

“I just need to play my game, nothing more special. I don’t know why, but I’m really excited to play this match because Aslan is playing really well now,” the winner said.

“Aslan’s full of confidence and I want to see how he’s playing. I want to challenge myself, because he’s winning really great matches.”

Karatsev humbled Italian teen Jannik Sinner with 41 winners in a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2 fightback over the 16th seed.

“It was tough at the beginning as he is a really talented guy,” Karatsev said. “In the tie-break I was a little unlucky. I felt more comfortable in the second set and knew how to play against him.”

Karatsev is riding the wave as the first player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals on his Grand Slam championship main draw debut.

Main photo:- Andrey Rublev in Dubai on his way to 23rd win on the trot by –


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