Andrey Rublev wins the Serbia Open, depriving Novak Djokovic of his first title in 2022.
Andrey Rublev has won his third tour-level title in as many weeks, matching Rafael Nadal’s record. The win came despite a ban on Russian and Belarusian players at Wimbledon. In the final, Rublev displayed good footwork and a strong forehand to dictate the match. He forced Djokovic to play behind the baseline, taking big cuts at the ball and pulling him around the court. The Russian broke Djokovic twice in the opening set, saving one break point.
Rublev has now equalled Rafael Nadal’s mark of three Tour-level titles in 2022.
Andrey Rublev has now equalled Rafael Nadal’s record of three tour-level titles in 2022. He has now won titles in Dubai and Marseille. Rublev was barred from the Australian Open due to his unvaccinated standing, and is now one title away from tying Nadal’s record of three Tour-level titles in 2022.
In the final, Rublev’s aggressive forehand dictated the match, forcing Djokovic deep behind the baseline with a powerful return. He then made several large cuts to the ball, pulling him around the court. In the second set, he saved two break points before breaking Djokovic. The Spaniard then lost his serve on the next point, and Rublev clinched the title with his third victory of 2022.
Andrey Rublev’s third match of the year saw him beat Novak Djokovic in the Serbia Open. The match lasted two hours and 24 minutes. While Djokovic did win the first set, he was clearly outclassed in the second. Djokovic served better in the second set, but the Russian was able to close out the tiebreaker.
Rublev defeated Jiri Lehecka, Taro Daniel, and Fabio Fognini.
Andrey Rublev denied Novak Djokovic his first title of 2022 on Sunday. Rublev, who had only dropped one set in the previous round, won a title at the Dubai Open. The Russian matched Rafael Nadal’s record of three tour-level titles in 2022 after he won two titles in Marseille and one in Dubai. The Russian’s win on Sunday leveled the ATP Head2Head series with Djokovic at 1-1, while Djokovic’s loss in the Nitto ATP Finals was his second in as many tournaments.
The Russian fought back to defeat Djokovic, who was banned from the Wimbledon tournament after he invaded Ukraine. In the final, Rublev converted 71 percent of first-serve points and took advantage of Djokovic’s sloppy performance. The Serbian double-failed five times and had trouble with serve placement, and the Russian saved only one of his break points, which he converted on seven of eight occasions.
The Serbia Open final was a dramatic affair. Djokovic was down in the second round when he threw his racquet at the ball boy. The ball boy was able to avoid the blow and hand the racquet to Djokovic. During the match, the pair exchanged racquets. Andrey Rublev is the current world number one.
Rublev blasts Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players.
Andrey Rublev equaled Rafael Nadal’s record of three tour-level titles in 2022 with his victory at the Serbia Open. Earlier this year, Rublev reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships and the Marseille Masters. In February, Rublev lost to world No. 1 Djokovic in the first round. This win levels the ATP Head2Head series at 1-1. Rublev’s win is also revenge for Djokovic’s loss at the Nitto ATP Finals last season.
The defending champion was banned from the Australian Open after an incident at Wimbledon over the Ukraine invasion. Djokovic threw his racquet at the ball boy, who dodged it. Then, Djokovic walked to the net to receive his racquet. There was an alternative angle of the incident, which shows Djokovic swinging at Rublev’s ground stroke. Djokovic is not the first player to hit a racquet, but his habit of hitting racquets at opponents’ feet is.
With this victory, Andrey Rublev denied Novak Djokovic his first title of 2022. The Serbian ace had been unbeaten since his return to the tour, but has shown signs of rust since his victory at the Monte-Carlo Masters last month. Rublev, a Russian, made Djokovic work to get back into shape. Rublev won the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Open 13 in February.