ATP Doha: Corentin Moutet tops Stan Wawrinka to set Andrey Rublev clash


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ATP Doha: Corentin Moutet tops Stan Wawrinka to set Andrey Rublev clash

The 20-year-old Corentin Moutet will compete in the first ATP final following a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 triumph over the top seed Stan Wawrinka in tho hours. A qualifier ranked 81st served at 76% and dropped 17 points in 15 service games, allowing Stan only one break point and producing an incredible serving display in sets two and three to leave the more experienced rival behind him and advance into the title match.

Leading 6-3, 5-5, Wawrinka was on the verge of triumph but it wasn't to be for him, losing ground in the closing stages of the second set and missing a chance to fight for the trophy. The Swiss fended off three break chances in the very first game of the match to avoid an early setback, stealing the youngster's serve with a backhand crosscourt winner in the fourth game to move 3-1 in front.

Firing from all cylinders, Stan held at 15 with a service winner to confirm the advantage, running 5-2 in front with another booming serve and closing the set with four winners in the ninth game for a 6-3 after 32 minutes.

Raising his level in set number two, Moutet gave away only five points in six service games and Stan couldn't follow that pace, defending two break chances in the fourth game before suffering a break at 5-6 following terrible forehand error that would cost him a lot.

With the momentum on his side, Corentin sailed through his service games in the decider as well, holding at love with a forehand winner in the first game and ripping another one in the next game to break Stan's serve and move 2-0 up.

The Swiss had to play against two break points in the fourth game as well, saving those but not being able to create any damage on the return, allowing Corentin to seal the deal with a forehand down the line winner in the ninth game for his first ATP final.

The 2nd seed Andrey Rublev had a more relaxed day at the office, defeating another youngster Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-1 in 53 minutes for the place in the fifth ATP final. The Russian blasted ten aces and lost only nine points in eight service games, keeping the Serb miles away from break chances and stealing half of the return points to grab four breaks and march over the finish line in no time at all.

Andrey landed a backhand winner to secure a break in game two and that was all he needed to close the opener with a forehand winner at 5-3 after 29 minutes. Unable to change the course of the match, Miomir netted a forehand to suffer a break at the beginning of the second set, falling 4-1 down after a backhand down the line winner from Andrey in game five.

Returning at 5-1, Rublev fired another forehand winner to earn the third break of the set and push himself into the title match on Saturday, hoping for a similar performance against Moutet as well.