Andrey Rublev said not giving up and leaving out his absolute best on the court were the main reasons why he was able to turn around the match versus Stefanos Tsitsipas. On Friday night in Turin, Rublev recovered from a set down to beat Tsitsipas 3-6 6-3 6-2 at the ATP Finals.
Rublev and Tsitsipas both entered the match seeking to clinch the last semifinal spot from the Red Group. After failing to make it past the group stage in his first two ATP Finals appearances, Rublev finally managed to make it a step further at the season-ending tournament.
"I didn't give up. I kept fighting and playing. I lost my emotions a bit when I lost a stupid game at 40/0 in the first set. I let my emotions go. But then I just kept fighting and playing and you will have chances. I thought I would have chances if I just gave my best.
I managed to turn the match around and I am happy to be in the semis," Rublev said, per the ATP Finals website.
How Rublev defeated Tsitsipas
Rublev missed out on three consecutive game points in the fourth game as Tsitsipas broke the Russian to open a 3-1 lead.
Up by a break, Tsitsipas routinely held on to his serve the rest of the first set to clinch the opener. After losing the first set, Rublev bounced back in the second set as he earned his first break of the match in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead.
Serving for the second set, Rublev saved a break point before realizing his second set point to send the match into a third set. After winning the second set, Rublev got off to a strong start to the third set as he broke Tsitsipas in the third game to open an early 2-1 lead.
In the seventh game, Rublev broke Tsitsipas again to go 5-2 up. Up by two breaks, Rublev routinely served out for the match in the eighth game. Rublev plays Casper Ruud in the semifinal at the ATP Finals.