Andrey Rublev Claims Stefanos Tsitsipas Wins In Turin | ATP Tour
Andrey Rublev back to his winning ways Monday against Stefanos Tsitsipas, after serving 6-4 victory, 6-4 to start Nitto ATP Finals campaign.
It is a declared victory for Rublev, who has arrived in Turin struggling to regain top form in the world in recent weeks. The Russian, who has lost five of his past seven matches, is at his heaviest and he doesn’t face a break when he beats Tsitsipas in an hour and 30 minutes.
FOLLOW THIS WEEK’S ACTION
Watch live on tennis TV
Listen on ATP Tennis Radio
Follow live scores on ATP Tour app
Rublev dominated the competition with his powerful serves. He made his first big serve of the evening, winning 90% (36/40) points after the first serve – Russians typically average around 56%.
As a result, he rarely allowed Tsitsipas to look at his vulnerable second serve, and did not face a break point in either set.
In a pre-tournament interview, Rublev admitted that nerves played a factor in last year’s lackluster Nitto ATP Finals debut, as he dropped his first two group stage matches – including a defeat to Tsitsipas – before claiming his only win in London. A year later, Rublev learned and seemed stable from the start as he broke serve once in each set to get revenge on Tsitsipas.
Rublev looks set to enjoy quicker conditions in Turin – four of his eight career ATP titles have come at similar indoor hard court events, including his only title during the season in Rotterdam in March.
Rublev’s win puts Djokovic on top of the Blues, with one win at each level.
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/rublev-tsitsipas-nitto-atp-finals-turin-2021-tuesday | Andrey Rublev Claims Stefanos Tsitsipas Wins In Turin | ATP Tour