Stefanos Tsitsipas to play Andrey Rublev in Hamburg Open final

HAMBURG — Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his impressive tune-up for the French Open by beating clay-court specialist Christian Garin in the Hamburg Open semifinals on Saturday to set up a final against Andrey Rublev.

The sixth-ranked Greek hit 12 aces on his way to winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. That denied Garin his third clay final of the year and ended the Chilean’s 5-0 unbeaten record in tour semis.

Tsitsipas’ run to the Hamburg final has seen him recover from his third-round exit at the U.S. Open and a first-round elimination in Rome last week in his first clay tournament of the year.

The man standing between Tsitsipas and his second title of 2020 is Andrey Rublev after the Russian beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2 in the first semifinal.

Rublev overcame Ruud, who has the most clay-court wins on the ATP Tour this year with 15.

Rublev advanced to his third career clay final and seventh overall. Now 24-6 in tour matches this season, he equaled his achievement of reaching the final in Hamburg last year when he lost in three sets to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole in dramatic Russian qualifying

SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton took a step closer to equaling the Formula One win record on Saturday by clinching pole position at the Russian Grand Prix, after narrowly avoiding early elimination when Sebastian Vettel crashed.

Hamilton charged to a track-record time of 1 minute, 31.304 seconds, beating the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by .563 for his fifth straight pole position. Hamilton can achieve his 91st career win in the race on Sunday, matching the record held by Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was beaten into third by Verstappen’s fast run at the end of the session and was .652 off Hamilton’s time.

The long run from the grid to the first significant turn means Bottas could yet threaten to overtake Hamilton at the start Sunday using the slipstream from his teammate’s car.

“This year you’re seeing that our cars are more draggy and there’s more tow this year than we’ve seen in other years. So I generally expect one of these two (Verstappen and Bottas) to come flying by at some point,” Hamilton said. “I think I’m just going to focus on my race and run the fastest race I can.”

Bottas earned his first win at the 2017 race in Russia after starting third and overtaking the two Ferraris ahead of him at the start.

Verstappen and Bottas both start the race on medium tires, which could give them an edge in terms of pit strategy over Hamilton, who is on soft tires, which wear much faster.

“I’m just going to have to nurse those tires for as far as I can. These guys, if they get by, they’re going to be pulling away,” Hamilton said.

Verstappen said he was delighted to start second.

“I wasn’t expecting that and of course it’s great for us.

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Lily Collins gets engaged to BF Charlie McDowell: ‘Purest joy I’ve felt’

Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell (Image: Instagram/@lilyjcollins)

Lily Collins proudly revealed that she is now engaged to her boyfriend, filmmaker Charlie McDowell.

The “Love, Rosie” star posted moments from the proposal on her Instagram page yesterday, Sept. 25. McDowell popped the big question outdoors, surrounded by trees and rocks.

“I’ve been waiting my lifetime for you and I can’t wait to spend our lifetime together…,” she said.

Collins also shared a photo of them kissing while she held up her hand to the camera, showing her engagement ring.

“The purest joy I’ve ever felt…,” she added alongside a picture of her smiling with closed eyes as she flaunted her ring.

McDowell spoke about the proposal on his own page, saying, “In a time of uncertainty and darkness you have illuminated my life.”

“I will forever cherish my adventure with you,” he told his wife-to-be.

The two sparked dating rumors in July 2019 when they were seen in Los Angeles together, as per Metro. Collins then confirmed they are in a relationship by sharing a photo of them the month after.

Along with their future wedding plans, the couple is also focusing on an upcoming crime film called “Gilded Rage.” McDowell will be directing it, while Collins is set to star in it alongside Cristoph Waltz and Bill Skarsgård.  /ra

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