Tennis: Rublev takes down Tsitsipas to reach Rotterdam final

Rublev celebrates winning his quarter final match against France's Jeremy Chardy. PHOTO: REUTERS

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Andrey Rublev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) on Saturday (March 6) to advance to the final in Rotterdam and extend his winning run in ATP 500 events to 19 matches.

Fourth seed Rublev broke Tsitsipas twice in the opening set and put the second-seeded Greek away with a dominant tie-break to secure victory in 97 minutes.

Rublev, through to a fourth straight ATP 500 final, will face Marton Fucsovics on Sunday after the qualifier from Hungary swept past Borna Coric 6-4, 6-1.

World number eight Rublev is bidding for his eighth career title. The Russian holds a 7-2 record in tour-level finals.

"(I play tennis) to play at the best level, to play at the best tournaments, to try to compete, then to go deep and to try to win them," Rublev said.

"A final is always special, so I am going to try to do my best tomorrow."

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