Rublev ruins Rune’s bid for second champion 1000 winning the crown 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in Monte Carlo
Holger Rune was on the ropes in the semi-final; he lost a set to the red-hot redhead from Italy, Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old Dane with partisan crowd firmly in Sinner’s camp, used negative energy to fuel his form and win second Champions 1000 final in five months. Last year at this time he took #79. Currently #9 with three titles reached career peak #8 last month and will increase to #6 with the crown of Monte Carlo.
A fiery redhead from Russia, Andrei Rublev, stood in his way. The 25The -year-old was still fighting for his first title at this level having been a finalist twice, including two years ago at this event. IN 2021 achieved a career-high ranking #5 and is currently ranked #6 With 12 tour titles 19 ends
Going into the finals, they each had one win each; Rublev saved match points in an epic five-set match last January at the Australian Open while Rune won in straights last fall en route to his first Masters 1000 title at Paris Indoors.
rune, 6seeded and playing in his sixth tour-level final, he double-faulted and held on thirty Down 1-0 while Rublev made two double faults and faced a break point, but kept level with the forehand volley winner.
The rune missed 5/ /10 first serve, had two 2’s and a double break point, but managed to keep it 2-1 with a fantastic inside forehand. Seed Rublev 5th, missed 5/ /6 first serve including double fault but with monster serve tee keep it up thirty To the level.
The Dane hit his first ace and held the love while Rublev faced a triple break point and served as Rune crushed a forehand return. The teenager missed 5/ /10 first serve, had two 2’s and five break points and gave up the break when he twisted his forehand.
Rublev, serving with new balls, opened 8th with two consecutive forehand winners and sweethearts 4-4. Rune opened 9th with a left forehand but committed another double fault and had two deuces and two break points before holding 5-4.
Rublev continued to dictate with his backhand, but it was the forehand crosscourt that provided him with another love to equalize. Rune hit his second ace, and though he missed 3/ /5 first serve, held 15 Down 6-5 while Rublev, losing his concentration, made four unforced errors, losing a set 5-7.
Rune served first in the second round, and although he hit a third ace, he faced two break points and threw in a pass when the forehand went wide. An exemplary defender, Rublev hit two aces as the last point of the game to solidify the break in love 2-0.
Rune continued to struggle with the serve, and although he had two deuces and two break points, held 1-2. Rublev missed 4/ /5 the first serve, he faced a triple breakpoint and served with an unfortunate backhand, with Rune taking the break with three unforced errors.
The Russian held out easily 15 Down 4-2 while Rune opened and closed 7th with double errors and dumping service. Playing with controlled aggression, Rublev hit two more winners, including an ace wide and a soggy reaction, securing a set 6-2.
Rune served first in the deciding match, and while dealing with two points, he hit two more forehand winners 1-0. Rublev had a more arduous first service game, battling for four two-pointers and dropping the serve as Rune took advantage of his lone breakpoint with an amazing inside forehand.
Rune opened his third 5double fault still managed to hold 15 Down 3-0 and Rublev returned the favor by holding on 15 get on the board. Rune, clearly out of breath, began to lose more time between points, and as he continued to struggle with the serve, he gave his 6double error. Facing three deuces and two breakpoints, but with three consecutive winners including two aces, he won the hold 4-1.
Having to hold, Rublev opened with a double fault and faced a deuce and a break point, which he held when his opponent pulled out a forehand. Rune returned the favor, and then some as he donated two double faults and dropped a serve as he butchered his backhand.
Rublev grabbed the lifeline and ran; with an ace out of goal and two more backhand errors from Rune, he consolidated the break 4-4. The backhand shot that had been so effective in the early stages of the match now left the teenager.
But he regrouped wonderfully with his own 6ace and a love gimmick to lead 5-4. Serving to stay in the match, Rublev opened with a remarkable lob and closed with a backhand cross-court winner to keep the love 5-5.
The pressure and emotions increased as the game ended. Rune faced the score at 0-30 and with increasing frustration was given a caution for ball abuse. He faced a double break point from Rublev’s fierce backhand strike and threw the pass with his 9double mistake!
Rublev lined up to serve his first masters 1000 title. He scored a triple match point and secured the biggest title of his burgeoning career with a fifth ace. Clay on his back and tears in his eyes, he thanked the enthusiastic audience for their unwavering support despite his country of origin.
Rublev remained steadfast when he was on the verge of defeat. It was a daring performance that only covered 4 double faults, usually his Achilles heel. He won 74% of the first i 52% of second serve points and saved 4/ /8 breakpoints during conversion 6/ /19. He won amazingly 62% payback points for second service versus just 48% for Rune. With five consecutive winners and 15 more points, Andrei Rublev rewrote his history and became the champion 1000 master.