Tennis

Andrey Rublev wins St. Petersburg Open for 4th title of season

Andrey Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win four tour singles titles in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as he beat Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

Russian beats Borna Coric at home, moves into top 10 of ATP rankings for 1st time

Russia's Andrey Rublev won his 34th match of the season on Sunday, defeating Borna Coric in the final of the St. Petersburg Open to join Novak Djokovic as the only men to win four tour singles titles in 2020. (Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images)

Andrey Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win four tour singles titles in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as he beat Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

Rublev came back from 5-2 down to win the first-set tiebreak with a five-point streak after the set went with serve. In the second set he broke Coric's serve at 2-2 before holding in his next three service games to complete the win. Rublev didn't face a single break point.

The win brings Rublev closer to securing a spot at the ATP Finals next month after he moved into the top 10 of the rankings for the first time Monday. The Russian player won the Qatar and Adelaide titles in January and added the Hamburg title last month.

Beating Coric brought Rublev his 34th win of the season, ranking him second only to Djokovic on 37, and ahead of third-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas on 27. Rublev moves to a 6-2 record in career tour finals. Coric is 2-5 in career finals and 0-3 since his last win in Halle in 2018.

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Rublev defeats Coric to capture St. Petersburg Open title

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Andrey Rublev joins Novak Djokovic as the only men to win 4 tour singles titles in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as he beats Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the final of the St. Petersburg Open. 1:04

The tournament in St. Petersburg was played with fans in the stands. Organizers earlier said up to 2,500 spectators could be allowed into the indoor arena for the finals.

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