GIJON/STARNBERG, October 16, 2022
Andrey Rublev claimed his fourth ATP Tour title of the season on Sunday when he defeated US-American Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-3 in the singles final of the inaugural Gijon Open.
The top seed from Russia saved both break points he faced and capitalized on three of his own five break-point chances to prevail after one hour and 15 minutes.
What a point to seal it 🏆
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“I am really happy and really grateful,” Rublev said. “To win a title is always a special feeling because all the players are working to win a title and play the best tournaments. To win one more title here in my career is really important for me. All the weeks are important for me because I am fighting for the [Nitto ATP] Finals.”
The World No. 9 is currently sixth in the ATP Live Race To Turin. Rublev earned €93,000 in prize money as well as 250 ATP Ranking points.
“It would be a really amazing feeling [to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals] because this is the tournament players are dreaming of playing,” Rublev said. “To qualify for three years in a row will be really important for me.”
Korda was aiming to lift his second tour-level trophy and first of the season, having triumphed in Parma in 2021.
Gonzalez/Molteni successful in doubles
Earlier in the day, Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni captured their first tour-level title as a team by winning the doubles final against the all-US-American combination of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-7(8), 7-6(4), 10-5. The encounter lasted two hours and 17 minutes.
Andrés Molteni🇦🇷 | Máximo González🇦🇷
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“We played amazing,” Gonzalez said. “We were about to lose the match but managed to turn things around. This result gives us some confidence, even if we don’t play together on Tour.
“This is the first tournament we played as a team this season, but we were teammates during the ATP Cup. We know each other really well, have played together in the past and share practice sessions from time to time. All those things help to feel good on court.”