Andrey Rublev will face off on Sunday against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo as the pair each bid for a career-first Masters 1000 title.
Russian sixth seed Rublev broke Norway’s Casper Ruud five times in their Saturday semi-final to earn a 6-3, 7-5 decision; Tsitsipas, seeded fourth, dispatched Brit Dan Evans 6-2, 6-1 in barely an hour on court.
Rublev, who played on Russia’s winning side in the ATP Cup then then won the Rotterdam ATP 500 title, ran his record over Ruud to 4-0 with his victory a day after knocking out 11-time tournament champion Rafael Nadal.
After years of ATP title domination by Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Tsitsipas is glad to be included among the fresh faces vying for honours.
“We’re kind of used to seeing Djokovic and Nadal go deep at tournaments,” he said.
“Just let the young guns show what they got. It’s how it should be sometimes.
“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling energised. I still have plenty of gas and energy left in me,” the 23-year-old Greek added.
“I was able to have all of my matches done in two sets, so that is I would say a big plus.
“I am happy to be able to play that way, just take it match by match, approach each individual match with the same intensity and energy.
” I’m really focused for tomorrow. I don’t want to be saying more.”
Rublev will be playing his 11th career final, winning eight of those.
“Casper is a really amazing player, especially on clay,” the Russian said. “He had a really high intensity and was really tough.
“I knew that I needed to raise my level if I wanted to fight against him, (otherwise) I would lose. I started to play better and he started to miss a bit more. I think that was the key.”
Rublev beat Tsitsipas in their last meeting, the Rotterdam semis in March.
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