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Tennis-Rublev through to Halle final

Tennis-Rublev through to Halle final

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2021 Italy's Lorenzo Sonego celebrates winning his quarter final match against Russia's Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

REUTERS: Fourth seed Andrey Rublev churned out another win as he overcame qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-3 to reach the final in Halle on Saturday.

The Russian dropped his first set this week on the grass but responded to ease through a deciding set and book a Sunday final against either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Ugo Humbert.

Rublev claimed his 33rd match win of the year - second only to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (39) on the ATP standings.

He also took his match record in ATP 500 events to 29-2 since the Tour resumed last year after the coronavirus shutdown - a period in which he has won four titles at that level.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

Source: Reuters

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