Andrey Rublev Battles Past Nikoloz Basilasvili To Reach 6th ATP 500 Finals at Halle Open 2021

Published 06/19/2021, 8:09 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 17, 2021 Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his semi final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev was up against Georgian player Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinal of the ATP Halle 2021. Both these athletes are familiar with each other as they have played four times in the past.

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The tie was well in the balance as both players have won two matches each. Today, it was the Russian that came on top, winning the match 6-1 3-6 6-3 in close to two hours. 

Set 1: Andrey Rublev too good for the Georgian

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As the set began, Andrey Rublev was on the offense and took the game to his opponent. He broke his opponent twice and was sitting comfortably on a healthy lead. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 15, 2021 Russia’s Andrey Rublev in action during his quarter final match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The Russian managed to win 78% of his second serve points, whereas Nikoloz Basilashvili won just 31% of his second serve points. In the end, the second serve made the difference and Andrey capitalized on the situation. 

Set 2: Nikoloz Basilashvili bounces back and arrives at the party

In the following set, the Georgian player raised his level and served with real intent. As compared to the previous set, he did not give his opponent a glimpse of seeing a breakpoint. 

In the end, the one break was enough to help him seal to set and send the match into the final deciding set. During the set, the Georgian athlete won 31 points whereas the Russian won 26 points. 

Set 3: Andrey Rublev finds a way to seal the deal

In the final set, Rublev had to shrug off the result of the previous set. He began to strike the ball more accurately as he did in the opening stages of the match. In the sixth game, the Russian got a chance and seized the opportunity to break his opponent. He was now sitting strong with a 4-2 lead.

As the eighth game began, Basilashvili was serving to stay in the match and he was clearly feeling the pressure. However, he held his serve and forced the Russian to serve it out. In the end, the Russian prevailed and won the set 6-3.

Andrey Rublev will now face the winner of the match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ugo Humbert which will be played on Sunday. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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