Andrey Rublev wins Erste Bank Open, clinches spot in ATP Finals

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

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Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for 93rd F1 win

IMOLA, Italy — Runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton overcame a sluggish start to win the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday for a record-extending 93rd Formula One victory.

Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 5.7 seconds and rushed over to celebrate with the team’s engineers and mechanics after the team clinched a record-extending seventh straight constructors’ title.

“Seven times champs, something to tell my grandchildren,” said Hamilton, who also clinched an extra point for the fastest lap. “It is very overwhelming right now.”

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo placed third for a second podium of an impressive season, while Daniil Kvyat placed a commendable fourth in what is expected to be his last season before being replaced at AlphaTauri.

“It was a bizarre one, I’m not sure what happened to Max but that put us in the fight for a podium,” Ricciardo said. “Cyril (Abiteboul) will not be getting another tattoo though.”

Abiteboul is the team principal and, at the start of the season, agreed to have a tattoo done if Ricciardo finished a race on the podium.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fifth ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.

Hamilton started from second on the grid and was overtaken by Max Verstappen, who span off track 11 laps from the end after his rear right tire blew, bringing out the safety car and prompting drivers to change to quicker tires.

Hamilton had missed the first pit window and came in after the other drivers, but his lead was sufficient enough and he came back out about two seconds ahead of Bottas.

The safety car remained on the track following another crash as George Russell lost control and slammed into the track barriers. He was unharmed but upset at his own error while behind a safety car, as he sat on

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Korean movies choose Netflix over big-screen release

A scene from “The Call,” which will be released on Netflix on Nov. 17. (Netflix)

SEOUL — Highly anticipated local thriller “The Call” chose to follow the steps of crime thriller “Time to Hunt,” which skipped its theatrical release and went straight to Netflix in April.

“Since many movie fans have been waiting for the release of ‘The Call,’ we considered many different options for quite a long time, and finally came up with the decision to release it on Netflix. We see that it is the best way to present our movie to a wide variety of audiences,” Next Entertainment World, the film‘s distributor, spokesperson Kim Sun-ah told The Korea Herald.

“The Call,” which was originally set to be released in March, will now debut on the global OTT platform on Nov. 17. It is the debut feature film by director Lee Choong-hyun, who has won various awards, including the Jury prize at the 33rd Busan International Short Film Festival in 2016 and the best short-film award at the 11th Paris Korean Film Festival in 2017, with his short film “Bargain” (2015).

In Lee‘s upcoming mystery thriller, Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) finds an old phone and receives a call from a stranger named Yeong-sook (Jeon Jong-seo). The two women soon realize that they are living in the same house but in different times and become friends. However, after Yeong-sook finds out about her terrible future, she turns reckless and starts threatening Seo-yeon.

NEW admitted that it started considering the Netflix option partially because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

The number of theatergoers in September totaled 2.99 million, a drop of 80 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Korean Film Council. This is the lowest September record since the Korean Film Council started tracking the numbers

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