Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alex de Minaur to claim the Next Gen ATP Finals title in Milan Saturday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, lies on the court as he celebrates after defeating Alex De Minaur of Australia, during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament final.
Rublev eased past Italian wild card Liam Caruana 4-3 (9/7), 4-1, 4-2 to book his passage after losing to de Minaur on Wednesday, with Munar beating American Frances Tiafoe 4-1, 4-3 (7/3), 4-1 to seal the final berth.
The NextGen Tournament heads for the final in Milano as the top eight ranked male players gather in London for the ATP Tour Grand Finale, while the female players from Czech Republic and the United States are in Prague, for the final of the Federation Cup. It was a fantastic match, I stayed calm.
De Minaur saved all five break points he faced in his victory over Jaume Munar 3-4 (5), 4-1, 4-1, 3-4 (4), 4-2.
"It feels great. I've been playing some great tennis this week here in Milan", Tsitsipas said, via ATP World Tour.
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Second seed de Minaur - who began the season at No. 208 in the world rankings and reached a career-high 31 last month - had been undefeated until the final.
Both players had only dropped a set apiece in their first three matches at the tournament but each needed five sets to win their respective semifinals on Friday. "I was mentally very strong and that was proven in the tie-break in the last set".
"I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to play here in Milan and be the second victor of the tournament", Tsitsipas said.
"That being said, this week there is coaching allowed, and I've made very good use of it and it's actually helped out a lot".
"It's been an incredible year and I'm just riding this roller-coaster".