Hamburg Open 2019: Fourth seed Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili beats unseeded Andrey Rublev for second ATP Tour title
Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili beat unseeded Andrey Rublev to win the Hamburg Open for only his second ATP tour title
Nikoloz Basilashvili beat the higher ranked Andrey Rublev 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Hamburg Open
Basilashvili, who was seeded fourth at the clay-court event, is ranked 16th in the world
The 27-year-old's only other ATP Tour title came in the hard-court China Open in Beijing last October
Hamburg: Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili retained his title at the Hamburg Open on Sunday when he beat unseeded Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Basilashvili, who was seeded fourth at the clay-court event, is ranked 16th in the world. The 27-year-old's only other ATP Tour title came in the hard-court China Open in Beijing last October.
The Georgian dropped serve early in the first set but broke back with his sixth break point of the sixth game. He wasted a set point in the 10th game before clinching the fourth breakpoint of a marathon 12th game.
The 21-year-old Rublev hit back with the only break of the second set to level the match.
Basilashvili broke in the second game of the final set. Rublev hit back at once but Basilashvili immediately broke again. The young Russian took the next game to deuce but the Georgian held and was in control the rest of the way.
Basilashvili had upset Hamburg native and second seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.
Zverev, last year's US Open runner-up to now-injured Dominic Thiem, reached his fourth career Slam semi-final and could find himself matched against history-chasing Djokovic on Friday.
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He will face Daniil Medvedev in the final who defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in the last four.
Medvedev will play Sunday's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the winner of a later semi-final between top-ranked Djokovic and Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev.