VIENNA — Andrey Rublev won his fifth ATP title of the season after beating unheralded Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Russian credits keeping his emotions in check for turning 2020 into his most successful season.
“I am complaining a lot on court but that is the thing that I need to change. I think this week I did it really well, I was not really complaining much, I was not really showing emotions much. It was one of the calmest weeks I have ever played,” said the eighth-ranked Rublev, who entered the top 10 last month.
Rublev has won three of his last four tournaments, improving to 7-2 in career finals, and Sunday’s win earned him a berth for the season-ending ATP Finals in London.
“I am happy that I won the title here, I am happy that I will compete in London for the first time”, Rublev said.
“It’s going to be a really good challenge for me to see what exactly I need to improve to be at that level to be able to compete against top eight payers.”
Rublev said he might have to work even more on his temperament.
“It can be even better if we compare with the top players. I did a good job this week and this is the right direction and I need to move in this way and to be always positive,” he said.
Rublev became the first player in this shortened season with five titles, one more than Novak Djokovic. No other player has won more than two tournaments.
In the final, Rublev dominated play with his powerful ground strokes and dropped just one point in his first four service games.
However, he faced two break points at 5-4 but saved them