Russian Andrey Rublev stunned second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6(2), on Saturday, winning his 19th consecutive match at the ATP 500 level to reach the Rotterdam finals.
The player who has not lost in the 500 series since last autumn needed barely 90 minutes to advance; he awaits a Sunday opponent from unseeded semi-finalist Borna Coric and Marton Fucsovics.
The loss denied Tsitsipas – he needed nearly three hours to win his quarter-final match the day before – a chance at a sixth career title, while eighth-ranked Rublev will be aiming for his eighth career trophy.
Rublev stands a formidable 12-1 on the season, with a title for Russia in February’s ATP Cup in Melbourne; he lost an Australian Open quarter-finals to countryman Daniil Medvedev.
The winner will be playing his fourth straight final at a 500 event dating to Hamburg last September, which he won along with St Petersburg and Vienna.
Rublev finished with a healthy 34 winners and took revenge for a defeat by his Greek opponent at November’s ATP Finals in London.
The Russian saved all five break points he faced and broke Tsitsipas twice in the match between former junior No. 1 players.
Main photo:- Andrey Rublev winning in Rotterdam by ATP Tour.com