Russian Rublev vs Danish Rune in Monte-Carlo Final

An exciting new generation final

Sunday April 15 – The singles final of the 116th edition of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters will confront world No. 6 Andrey Rublev, 25, to the very young world No. 9 Holger Rune, 19, today from 14:30. A final between two players of the new generation of world tennis which will crown a new winner at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. For Andrey Rublev, it will be a second final on Monegasque soil since, the one lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2021. Holger Rune, he will play his first final in Monte-Carlo.

Andrey Rublev @Chryslene Caillaud
Holger Rune @Chryslene Caillaud

The young Danish prodigy will aim for a 2nd crown in Masters 1000 after his coronation at Paris-Bercy last year. Andrey Rublev, he will try to grab a first title in Masters 1000.
This 2023 final will be the third confrontation between these two players, the first on clay. Their record is 1 victory each. Their last meeting, at the Australian Open in January, had turned to the advantage of Andrey Rublev in the tie-break of the 5th set. Sunday’s final promises to be very open.
Saturday, in the first semi-final, Andrey Rublev won in three sets (5-7, 6-1, 6-3) against the American Taylor Fritz after a match interrupted for 1h45.

In the second semi-final, Holger Rune had to fight in the night and the cold for 2h46 during a match of great intensity and in an excited atmosphere to finally win in three sets 1-6 7-5 7-5 against the Italian Jannik Sinner.

Doubles final at high noon

Starting at high noon, the fans will watch another long-awaited doubles final with Romain Arneodo, who represents the Principality of Monaco, associated with the Austrian Sam Weissborn who will face the pair composed of the Croatian Ivan Dodig and the American Austin Krajicek.

Some words from the finalists

Andrey Rublev: “Holger is moving very, very well. He reads the game very well. He has a lot of talent, an excellent touch on the ball. It gives you no rhythm. He hits hard and he gets to the net. It is then necessary to take risks to pass it. And at the net, he is very strong. Against him, you have to go beyond these three, four shots to be able to impose your rhythm and your game”.

Holger Rune: “Andrey had a match in three sets so he must feel a little bit in his legs, I hope. I expect a great match. We’ve played each other twice and won each once so it’s going to be interesting. »

Their journey to the final

Andrey Rublev
1st round: bye
2nd round: defeats Munar (4-6, 6-2, 6-2)
Round of 16: beat Khachanov (7-6(4), 6-2)
Quarter-final: defeated Struff (6-1, 7-6(5))
Semi-final: beat Fritz (5-7, 6-1, 6-3)

Holger Rune
1st round: bye
2nd round: beat Thiem (AUT) 6-2, 6-4
1/8th final: defeats Berrettini (ITA) by forfeit
Quarter-final: beat Medvedev (6-3, 6-4)
Semi-final: beat Sinner (1-6, 7-5 7-5)


Today’s Quote

Love is nothing in tennis, but in life, it’s everything. Anonymous


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