Russia’s Andrey Rublev beats Jiri Vesely to claim Dubai Open title
Russia’s Andrey Rublev put on his best performance in recent months to claim the title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, defeating Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
Rublev, perhaps enjoying the month of his life winning two titles in Marseille before reaching the final, ended a dream run by Czech Republic’s Vesli with an easy 80-minute victory at the ATP 500 tournament on Saturday .
123-ranked Wesley was bidding to become the first qualifier to win the Dubai title, but he was unable to recreate the heroics with his thrilling victories over Doha champion Roberto Bautista Agut, world number 1 Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov. . Got him a place in the finals. But Rublev did not give him many chances in the final.
“When you beat players like this, it’s impossible to walk or stand!” @AndreyRublev97 Full of praise for rival @jiri_vesely supernatural effort in Dubai this week pic.twitter.com/p8cIzDusjH
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 26, 2022
Rublev was happy to end a busy month with another title. In his post-match interview, he said, “I feel very happy despite being tired.”
“I was lucky today, and that’s why I’m happy to be champion, I didn’t expect it. It’s an amazing feeling and I don’t know what to say.”
A report on the atptour.com website said that world number 7 Rublev admitted he was not the only one to come through a tough schedule in the finals.
“I think it’s likely that Jiri was tired too, he’s had really tough matches since the qualifiers.
“They beat the top players starting from the first round. [Marin] Cilic, he beat Roberto [Bautista Agut]Then he beat Nowaki [Djokovic]yesterday he defeated shapo [Denis Shapovalov] 7-6 in the third. Believe me, when you beat players like this, it’s almost impossible to stand and walk, and he was able to play. Good job for him, good job for the week.”
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After battling a tough three-setter in his last three games, Rublev had no intention of doing overtime again in the final. He ran out of blocks, breaking Wesley in the fourth game, and charging for the first set did not leave a point behind his first serve.
It appeared that Wesley could have done little as the world number 7 continued to produce an astonishing level in the second set. Rublev broke through in the opening game, but the Czechs showed a real fight to retrieve it for 3-3, trying to come back into the match to pump up the happy crowd.
Rublev immediately responded by breaking again and tackling a combination of Russian power and consistency to seal a comfortable victory as two-time ATP Tour title winner Wesley.
The win meant Rublev’s semifinal loss to Felix Auger-Aliassim in Rotterdam was his only singles defeat in three tournaments in February. The Dubai title is Russia’s 10th title on the ATP Tour and extends their match record to 10–2 in 2022.