World No. 10 Andrey Rublev has shown a level of consistency that's been nothing short of wonderful. However, last year, Russian Danil Medvedev was more successful. Since the tour's restart, he's strung together 18 additional victories.
Rublev in the semifinal match of the tournament in St. Petersburg defeated the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
Third-seeded Rublev rallied to beat second-seeded Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Coric also recovered in the semifinals to beat Milos Raonic 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Rublev is attempting to capture his second ATP Tour trophy in Russian Federation and his fourth crown this year. He's 350 points behind ninth-place Schwartzman.
'The match was unreal, in my opinion, said Rublev. 'The level was high from both sides. Both of us deserved to win. Shapovalov was leading and he had break point in the second set, so everything could have been in two sets for him. So, everything could [have] been in two sets for him. Shapovalov has a 2-1 edge on Rublev in the lifetime series. Both players looked sharp - not to mention they were wearing identical neon-colored Nike Challenge Court kits. Shapovalov closed the set after 45 minutes, striking a powerful first serve into Rublev's backhand.
In the final set, at 2-all, Rublev broke Shapovalov and consolidated the break for a 4-2 lead. It was the second time this year that the Moscow native has come back to win a match after losing the first set. If you give him a chance, as I gave today, he will take advantage of it. ...
"I think Andrey is one of the best players on the planet right now", Shapovalov said.
"Victory a" / Rublev saved five of six break points to advance and took advantage in the final set when Shapovalov needed treatment on his shoulder.
However, in the second set, the situation changed completely. So did the eight double faults committed by Shapovalov. Prior to that, the athlete made his way to the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Raonic won his only other meeting with Coric, defeating the Croat in the round of 16 at the 2016 Delray Beach outdoor hard court event in Florida. So far, he has won two titles, Marrakesh 2017 and Halle 2018, while his last appearance in the final was just past year in St. Petersburg in September. Coric broke the Raonic three times in the match-twice in the second set and one last time in the third-after the Canadian had been 29-for-29 on service games going into the semis.
"I don't know if I ever played as badly as in the first set".
The German will meet Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who recorded a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 triumph over Roberto Bautista Agut.
Shapovalov was strong on first serve, winning 84 per cent of points when he got it in, well ahead of Wawrinka's 72 per-cent clip.
Raonic fired 15 aces past Khachanov and only faced one break point, which he saved. Coric outpointed his opponent 74-68.