Andrey Rublev sails past Stefanos Tsitsipas into Rotterdam final
It was supposed to be a spectacle of a match and while it had its moments it was largely a one-sided affair that saw Rublev cruise to the final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev are some of the most promising young players on the tour and today they clashed in the Rotterdam final. It was supposed to a fascinating match but besides a few moments, it didn't offer much excitement. From start to finish Andrey Rublev dominated rallies, points and the match ultimately. The only thing that saved Tsitsipas from a heavier defeat was his serve that worked very well.
The start of the match saw Rublev jump out to an early 3-1 lead with the Russian too strong from the baseline for the Greek. Rublev attacked at every opportunity he had and his forehand was on point. Tsitsipas would have break points in two games but each time Rublev was too strong. In the end, he added another break to clinch the opening set 6-3.
The 2nd set saw both players play well as Tsitsipas was able to keep Rublev at bay with his serve. The Russian came close to break points several times but a few errors and the Greek's serve proved too much for him. On his own serve, he was utterly dominant ending games quickly. In the end, we ended up in a tiebreak where Rublev turned it up a notch and it was game over for Tsitsipas. The tiebreak was won by 7-2 and Rublev moves to the final.
A strong performance from the Russian who was aggressive from the start attacking Tsitsipas with his forehand. He dominated rallies and hit three times as many winners as Tsitsipas and that was impossible to overcome.