London calling? 'Unreal' Rublev edges ATP Finals rival in St Petersburg

Rublev sets up final clash with Coric at St Petersburg Open

Rublev sets up final clash with Coric at St Petersburg Open

Shapovalov will face No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev in the semis on Saturday.

He saved five of six break points in the process of earning victory over the Canadian, the win moving Rublev ahead of Diego Schwartzman into eighth place in the battle to qualify for the season-ending tournament in London. Coric saved three breaks, each with an excellent serve, but on the fourth, he made a double fault.

"I think Andrey is one of the best players on the planet right now", Shapovalov said. It was Rublev's 33rd win of the year, second only to Novak Djokovic, who has 37 wins this year. Both of us deserved to win.

The Russian is now through to his fourth ATP final of the year and he's gone 3-0 in his first three, winning back-to-back 250s at Doha and Adelaide in January and a 500 in Hamburg three weeks ago.

Third-seeded Rublev rallied to beat second-seeded Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Coric also recovered in the semifinals to beat Milos Raonic 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. His sixth ace closed out the 39-minute set, 6-3, and it was on to the decider. If you give him a chance, as I gave today, he will take advantage of it. ... Shapovalov was broken twice - once in each of the second and third sets - and it proved the difference between winning and losing.

Croatian tennis player Borna Coric reached the final of the tennis tournament in St. Petersburg. Rublev has won all three previous meetings with Coric and has never dropped a set to him.

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The greens are great and it's gettable, but you've got to play well to do that. It was just a lot of bad breaks kind of.

Canada's Denis Shapovalov has advanced to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open. However, Coric did what no others had been able to do - namely, break Raonic's service.

"I don't know if I ever played as badly as in the first set". Raonic missed one backhand, and Coric reached an unattainable 4-0. Throughout, Coric weathered Raonic's storm of service aces - the Canadian finished with 18 - and managed damage control quite well.

Coric lost the first set very quickly, and the key was the second game, which lasted more than 10 minutes.

No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., is scheduled to face No. 4 seed Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation in a quarter-final later Friday.

Rublev saved five of six break points to advance and took advantage in the final set when Shapovalov needed treatment on his shoulder.

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