Second tournament in a few days for the Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev who, after the victory in Marseille, confirms the great moment of form and also wins the ATP 500 in Dubai, the tenth title of his young career. Solid performance by the Russian who, from Monday, will again overtake the Italian Matteo Berrettini in the standings (heated fight between the two) and will return to number six in the world.
He gives up in the final, after a fantastic week, and after having taken the great satisfaction of beating world number one Novak Djokovic, Jiri Vesely. The Czech still plays a good game but has to surrender to an excellent Rublev who closes in an hour and twenty minutes with the result of 6-3 6-4.
At the end of the match a radiant Andrey Rublev commented on the victory of the Dubai tournament and spoke of the moment of form that brought him the latest victories: "I have no idea how I managed to win these two rounds in a few days but I can say to have been lucky.
Every match of this tournament was very tough and I gave my best to get the win. To celebrate? I don't know, I have to evaluate with my team that by the way it has already left and organize my program. Two wins in two weeks like a Grand Slam success? Absolutely not, for various reasons but the main one is that we play them three sets out of five and here instead two sets out of three."
In these days Rublev has been involved in the issue of the war between Ukraine and Russia and his words have been very important with the tennis player who has absolutely taken a stand against the war. In the semifinal, after the victory over Hurkacz, the athlete sent a message by writing "No War thanks" to the camera and addressing it to the whole world.
At the WTA in Doha, the Polish Iga Swiatek who annihilates Kontaveit with a perfect match in just over an hour and closes with a clear 6-2 6-0. Iga, former winner of the Roland Garros, thus won her 4th title in her career, the first of 2022.
Below the highlights of the challenge.
Rafael Nadal wins in Acapulco
At the ATP 500 in Acapulco, Rafael Nadal hits the ninety-first title in the ATP Tour, and points Ivan Lendl, three points away, but also writes five hundred and three next to the line of successes on the hard-courts.
Better since 1973 only Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic and of course Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-six, with his sights firmly planted on the twenty-second Slam seal on his beloved Parisian land, the very Spanish champion is still wearing the clothes of the man to beat.
After a practically perfect tournament (embellished by the 6-3 6-3 against the new world number one) the number three of the group overtakes in the final with an extraordinarily ordinary performance Cameron Norrie, executioner of Stefanos Tsitsipas and now close to entry between the top ten players in the world.
Despite some difficulties in the heart of the second set, and a small empty pass in the final, the Spanish phenomenon packs the final 6-4 6-4 in just under two hours of play and also regains the fourth position in the ranking.