ATP Tour

Loser Rublev gets winning feeling

2017-07-23 06:02
Tennis (File)

Umag - Russian lucky loser Andrey Rublev reached his first ATP World Tour final on Saturday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 win over Croatian wild card Ivan Dodig at the Umag clay court tournament.

World number 74 Rublev had originally been knocked out of qualifying by Hungary's Attila Balazs last weekend before the 19-year-old was handed a main draw place when home hope Borna Coric withdrew with an injury.

"I'm happy that I'm in my first final," Rublev said. "The key was staying strong mentally. I feel that both of us weren't feeling really well on the court and the conditions were tough."

After knocking out third seed Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals, Rublev goes on to face fourth seed Paolo Lorenzi, 16 years his senior, for the title.

Lorenzi, 35, beat fellow Italian Alessandro Giannessi 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.