Hamburg European Open—Hamburg, Germany
Russian Andrey Rublev captured his fifth career title on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany, defeating No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. In a high-level encounter that featured many scintillating rallies, it was Rublev who showcased his world-class forehand when it mattered the most.
Overcoming 11 aces from his opponent, Rublev won 72 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on five occasions. Improving to 2-0 against Tsitsipas in life meetings and 25-6 on the year, Rublev will move up to a career high of No. 12 in the world when Monday’s rankings are released. The 22-year-old also captured titles in Adelaide and Doha to begin the season.
Tsitsipas, who was aiming to win his sixth career title, led by a break in set three but couldn’t maintain his momentum. The Greek star is currently ranked No. 6 in the world.
Both Rublev and Tsitsipas will make the quick transition to the French Open in Paris, France, which begins today.