‘It is an amazing feeling,’ says Andrey Rublev as he reaches his first Masters final

Andrey Rublev has secured his first Masters 1000 final in Monte-Carlo, and says it feels amazing.

Rublev has been on an excellent run not only this week in Monte-Carlo, but since the start of the year when he won all of his singles matches in the ATP Cup, helping Team Russia to lift the trophy.

He then went on to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals, the semi-finals in Doha, Dubai and the Miami Masters and won the ATP 500 in Rotterdam.

The Russian’s current record is 24-4 this season, the ATP Tour’s best, and he has won 65 out of his last 79 matches. Six of his eight ATP titles have come since the start of last year.

This week, Rublev caused a shock by knocking 11-time champ Rafael Nadal out of the tournament and has now beaten Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to make his first Masters final.

“It is an amazing feeling – it is my first [Masters] final, so I am really happy,” said Rublev.

“We will see what is going to happen [in the final]. I will try to do my best.

“Casper is a really amazing player, especially on clay. Since the beginning he put a really high intensity [on the court] and was really tough.

“I knew that I needed to raise my level if I wanted to fight against him, because if I [did] not raise the level I [would] lose for sure.”

Rublev, who is seeded sixth, will now face fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final whom he beat in straight sets last month on his way to winning the Rotterdam title.

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