Dubai Tennis: Rublev sets up semifinal date with compatriot Karatsev

Andrey Rublev hits a forehand return during his match in Dubai on Thursday. (Supplied photo)
Andrey Rublev hits a forehand return during his match in Dubai on Thursday. (Supplied photo)

Dubai - The world No.8 clinched his 23rd straight win at the ATP 500 level by beating Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2



By James Jose

Published: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 11:21 PM

Last updated: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 11:09 AM

Third seed Andrey Rublev of Russia completed the semifinal line-up at the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a straight-set victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics on Thursday night.

The world No.8 clinched his 23rd straight win at the ATP 500 level by beating Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2 in a quarterfinal match that lasted one hour and 29 minutes on Centre Court at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

The first set went on serve before Rublev converted the second break point in the 12th game to clinch it in 51 minutes.

Rublev, who lost to countryman Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month, then broke Fucsovics in the fourth and eighth games to wrap up the match.

The 23-year-old Russian, a semifinalist in Doha last week who has lost only five sets during his 23-match winning streak, will go up against compatriot Aslan Karatsev in the last four on Friday.


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