Andrey Rublev seals his spot at the ATP finals as he secures another title in Vienna

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Andrey Rublev

Russia’s Andrey Rublev has sealed a place in the ATP Finals in London after a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the Vienna Open on Sunday.

The triumph secured him a fifth ATP title of the year, the most by any player on the tour, with his form making him at dark horses to contend for the title in London.

Rublev had previously won tournaments in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg and St Petersburg and improved to a Tour-leading 39 wins in 2020, equalled only by world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

“This tournament is really special for me because my grandma was also Austrian, so I have Austrian blood,” Rublev said at the trophy presentation ceremony.

“It’s a really special title for me.I’m happy that I will compete in London for the first time. I’m really looking forward [to it],” Rublev said.

“There are still so many things I need to improve and it’s going to be a good challenge for me to see what exactly I need to improve to be at that level, to be able to compete against the top eight players.”

The in-form Russian sealed his win in Austria without dropping a set in the entire tournament, as he saw off the player that beat Djokovic at the quarter-final stage.

Now Rublev will join  Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, with just one more place up for grabs at the ATP Finals.

That will be between Italy’s Matteo Berrettini and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who will both be playing at next week’s Paris Masters.

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