Red-hot Rublev clinches Tour-leading fifth title

Andrey Rublev defeated Lorenzo Sonego in the Vienna final to claim his fifth Tour title of the season

Andrey Rublev won his fifth title of the season in Vienna

Andrey Rublev continued his hot streak as he defeated Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the ATP 500 event in Vienna to claim his fifth title of 2020.

The Russian is now level with World No 1 Novak Djokovic for the most number of wins this season – 39—and has won 19 of his last 20 matches.

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“This tournament is really special for me because my grandma was also Austrian, so I have Austrian blood,” Rublev said during the trophy ceremony. “It’s a really special title for me.”

Rublev’s grandmother had passed away during the ST Petersburg Open but he overcame the tragedy to win the title at his home ATP. Since the Tour restarted in August, after a six-month hiatus due to Coronavirus, Rublev has claimed three titles: Hamburg, St Petersburg and Vienna.

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This is the second title (after Doha) that he has won in 2020 without dropping a set. Through the week Rublev did not drop any of his 38 service games.

The 23-year-old, who had broken into the top-10 for the every first time this season, notched up another career first as he sealed his place in the year-ending ATP Tour Finals.

“I’m happy. I’m happy that I won the title here I’m happy that I will compete in London for the first time,” said the World no 8.

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“I’m really looking forward (to it). There are still so many things I need to improve and it’s going to be a good challenge for me to see what exactly I need to improve to be at that level, to be able to compete against the top eight players.”

With Rublev qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals, there is now only one spot left for the elite eight-man event which will be held at London’s O2 from November 15 to 22.