Andrey Rublev. (Photograph by TPN/Getty Photographs)
Andrey Rublev went stage with Novak Djokovic as a four-time title winner in 2020 when he defeated Borna Coric 7-6 (7/5), 6-Four to assert the St. Petersburg Open on Sunday regardless of struggling a household bereavement simply 48 hours earlier.
The 22-year-old Rublev added the title in Russia to trophies in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg.
Solely world primary Djokovic can boast an analogous haul from the truncated season.
Nevertheless, Rublev then revealed his personal heartache.
“On Friday, I misplaced my grandmother so it was actually powerful,” he stated.
“However I’m blissful that that is the way in which I completed the match and it’s a actually particular match for me.”
Rublev prolonged his successful streak to 10 matches on house soil, having lifted the Kremlin Cup trophy in Moscow final yr.
The world quantity 10 additionally boosted his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals for the primary time.
With simply two locations left within the eight-man subject for the London season finale, Rublev is 249 factors forward of Diego Schwartzman, who presently occupies the ultimate qualification place.
“I do know I’ve a very good likelihood to qualify, however nonetheless it’s not 100 per cent but,” Rublev stated.
“This yr, I did not count on that I’d have an opportunity, so ultimately nothing goes to alter for me.
“Even when I do not make it, the season was actually good for me anyway. If I make it, it’s actually excellent news.”