Rublev Claims Vienna Title; Millman Wins Nur-Sultan Crown

published: Nov, 01, 2020

by: Nima Naderi

Erste Bank Open—Vienna, Austria

Russian Andrey Rublev continued his sensational form on the ATP Tour on Sunday, defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-4 in Vienna, Austria.

Winning his fifth title of the year and the seventh of his career, Rublev also sealed his spot in the prestigious ATP Finale in London in two week’s time.

Using his world-class forehand to great effect, Rublev broke serve on two occasions and never looked back.

Capturing his third-straight ATP 500 level event, Rublev recently won titles in St. Petersburg and Hamburg. Currently ranked No. 8 in the world, Rublev also made the quarterfinals of the US Open and French Open this season. The 23-year-old also improved to 39-7 in 2020.

Sonego, who attempting to win the event as a lucky loser, defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.


Astana Open—Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Australian John Millman raced to his maiden ATP Tour title on Sunday in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, dispatching Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-1.

Using his feisty game to battle through a tough first set, Millman then began to open up his shoulders and hit with more vigour in set two. Previously losing in the finals of two ATP Tour events, Millman has been best known for his upset win over Roger Federer during the 2018 US Open.

Improving to 16-11 on the season, Millman will be ranked No. 38 in the world on Monday.

Mannarino, who fell to 1-10 in ATP Tour career finals, didn’t lose a set entering the finals.


Nima Naderi

Founder and Creative Director of He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the,, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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