Andrey Rublev praises Casper Ruud after Monte Carlo clash

Rublev beat Ruud in straight sets to make the Monte Carlo Masters final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andrey Rublev praises Casper Ruud after Monte Carlo clash

World No. 8 Andrey Rublev couldn't hide his happiness after making his maiden Masters final in Monte Carlo. Rublev, 23, handed a straight-set defeat to top-ranked Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud 6-3 7-5 in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinal on Saturday.

Ruud claimed the first break of the match in the third game to take a 2-1 lead but his lead was short-lived as Rublev responded with back-to-back breaks to take a 5-2 lead, before serving out for the match in the ninth game.

Ruud lost the opening two games of the second set but claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 4-2 lead. However, Rublev kept his focus as he then earned two breaks to overturn the deficit and book a straight-set win. “It is an amazing feeling.

It is my first [ATP Masters 1000] final, so I am really happy,” Rublev said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website. “We will see what is going to happen [in the final]. I will try to do my best”.

Rublev praised Ruud

“Casper is a really amazing player, especially on clay,” Rublev said.

“Since the beginning he put a really high intensity [on the court] and was really tough. I knew that I needed to raise my level if I wanted to fight against him, because if I [did] not raise the level I [would] lose for sure.

“He started [by going] up with the break and I felt like I needed to raise my level, raise my speed [and] hit harder. Otherwise, I had no chance. I started to do it and then I started to play better and he started to miss a bit more.

I think that was the key”. Russian tennis star Rublev will be fighting against world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas for his maiden Masters title.

It remains to be seen if Rublev can claim his maiden Masters title on Sunday.

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