Rublev wins St. Petersburg title for 4th of season

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Andrey Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win four tour singles titles in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as he beat Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

Rublev came back from 5-2 down to win the first-set tiebreak with a five-point streak after the set went with serve. In the second set he broke Coric’s serve at 2-2 before holding in his next three service games to complete the win. Rublev didn’t face a single break point.

The win brings Rublev closer to securing a spot at the ATP Finals next month after he moved into the top 10 of the rankings for the first time Monday. The Russian player won the Qatar and Adelaide titles in January and added the Hamburg title last month.

Beating Coric brought Rublev his 34th win of the season, ranking him second only to Djokovic on 37, and ahead of third-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas on 27. Rublev moves to a 6-2 record in career tour finals. Coric is 2-5 in career finals and 0-3 since his last win in Halle in 2018.

The tournament in St. Petersburg was played with fans in the stands. Organizers earlier said up to 2,500 spectators could be allowed into the indoor arena for the finals.

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Uncertain Joe Gomez will define season for Liverpool in absence of waylaid Virgil van Dijk

These are harrowing times for Liverpool supporters.

Worried brows appeared after Jordan Pickford, recklessly, connected with Virgil van Dijk’s hyperextended knee in Saturday’s frantic finale to a frantic drawn derby at Everton.

Such was the velocity of the out-of-control impact and unforgiving angle of the Netherlands centre-back’s locked leg, it’s fair to assume he won’t be seen in red until next year. A meaningful role in the remaining months of the club’s title defence can be seriously questioned, ahead of consultations with a medical expert later on Sunday.

With the transfer window closed until January, internal solutions are needed. Enter, Joe Gomez.

Fate would have it that the most-unstable run of form in the 23-year-old’s staccato career has coincided with his employers’ moment of great need.

A defining campaign awaits for a player of whom so much is, both, expected and unrealised.

No-one can realistically question the innate ability possessed by Gomez. True greatness is highlighted in those who make football, a simple game of limitless variety, appear uncomplicated and unrushed.

They can, however, question Gomez’s utilisation of these gifts.

Laudable performances at the turn of 2020 after Joel Matip’s injury are bookended by a disastrous showing against Manchester City in last season’s Community Shield, plus a loose penalty concession during the only incident he was required to defend in September’s eventful 1-0 win for England against Iceland and being hooked after a calamitous hour in a 7-2 loss at Aston Villa.

Forced out of the long shadow cast by his illustrious partner, he will need to organise a backline which has kept one clean sheet from 10 Premier League matches. This statistic, in itself, would point to gremlins at the back, yet the imperious Van Dijk’s enforced removal is the antithesis of a viable solution.

Gomez exists as an

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Lily Collins admits she’s wrong about her character’s age in ‘Emily in Paris’

Lily Collins as 20-something Emily Cooper. Image: Facebook/@emilyinparistv

“Emily in Paris” has had a mixed bag of reactions — some adore the light rom-com series, while critics have panned it for its plot holes and stereotypical depiction of Paris. Now, fans are debating about how old the show’s protagonist is.

Lily Collins, 31, portrays the series’ namesake, an American woman who jumps into Paris for the first time for a job opportunity at a French marketing firm.

It is never made clear how old she is, and when Collins was asked by British Vogue last Oct. 7 about her age, she caused more confusion.

“I don’t believe we’ve ever given her a specific ‘number’ for her age, but I believe that she’s pretty fresh out of college,” Collins said. “Maybe this is her first year after graduation. I want to say she’s like, 22-ish.”

“She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss,” she added. “She’s a smart cookie and really innovative – and this is not her first rodeo doing what she does.”

“She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships. However, she’s not the person who traveled during college.”

Fans questioned the supposed age range of “22-ish” because of some facts from the show: Emily Cooper has a master’s degree in communications and is in a trusted position at the Chicago company she works in.

Collins has since backtracked, going on Twitter last Saturday, Oct. 17 to admit her mistake.

“Emily looking at me when I get her age wrong,” she said, sharing a GIF of her character giving a side-eye. “Sorry girl. You might not be 22, but I gotta say — you do act like it sometimes!!”

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