ATP Moscow: Andrey Rublev thumps Adrian Mannarino to shine at home


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ATP Moscow: Andrey Rublev thumps Adrian Mannarino to shine at home

The defending champion Karen Khachanov had failed to go all the way at home in Moscow but the title will remain in Russia, with Andrey Rublev lifting the second ATP title following a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Adrian Mannarino.

Andrey toppled Roger Federer in Cincinnati and has played on a high level ever since, losing to better-ranked opponents and using a favorable draw (Medvedev was forced to withdraw) to celebrate the second ATP crown and the first since Umag 2017.

It was the first meeting on the Tour between Andrey and Adrian and it was the Russian who held the strings of the encounter firmly in his hands, dropping only 12 points in eight service games and fending off the only break chance he gave to Mannarino.

The Frenchman had to repeat similar numbers if he wanted to stay competitive and that wasn't the case today, landing only 45% of the first serve in and getting broken four times to push the youngster towards the finish line.

Andrey kicked off the encounter with a break at 15, fending off a break point in game six to open a 4-2 lead and firing four service winners in game eight to stay ahead. Adrian did play well after that break he suffered but it wasn't enough to keep him in the opener following the tenth game when Rublev landed three winners and sealed it with a 30-shot rally for a 6-4.

There was only one player in set number two as Mannarino won only five points in six games, losing ground completely and allowing Andrey to sprint towards the finish line. The home favorite broke at love in the first game and confirmed the advantage with three winners in game two that sent him closer to the finish line.

Mannarino sprayed a forehand error in the third game to find himself 3-0 down before Andrey brought the next game home with a beautiful forehand down the line winner. With nothing left in the tank, the Frenchman got broken at love in game five and netted a forehand a few minutes later, allowing Andrey to serve a bagel and lift the trophy as quickly as he could have only hoped before the encounter.