M 1000 MONTECARLO
Andrey Rublev secured his first-ever Masters 1000 title with a stunning comeback in the final set, defeating Holger Rune 5-7 6-2 7-5 at the Monte-Carlo Masters final.
The Russian player, who lost in the final two years ago, got his 13th career title and first at Masters level against sixth-seeded Dane Holger Rune. Rune also fought back to win 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 against No. 7 Jannik Sinner of Italy in semifinal. Rublev reached the Monte Carlo Masters final fafter rallying to beat eighth-seeded American Taylor Fritz 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in a rain-interrupted contest.
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Despite a strong start from Rune, who broke Rublev early on in the first set, the Russian was able to break back and keep things competitive. Rune ultimately claimed the set, but struggled with his serve throughout the match.
Rublev dominated the second set, serving better and hitting more winners from the baseline, and took it 6-2. In the final set, Rune initially took an early lead and held on, but Rublev continued to find solutions and eventually broke back to even the score at 4-4. Under pressure, Rune made several mistakes, while Rublev remained composed and ultimately clinched the victory with a 7-5 scoreline.