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Rublev set for career-high ranking after downing Coric in St Petersburg

A victory on home court at the St Petersburg Open means Andrey Rublev will scale new heights in the ATP rankings on Monday.

Andrey Rublev, St. Petersburg 2020 champion Andrey Rublev, St. Petersburg 2020 champion

Andrey Rublev earned an early birthday present as a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 triumph over Borna Coric at the St Petersburg Open final ensured he will move to a career-high ranking on Monday.

The Russian earned a fourth ATP title of a fine 2020 season on home court and will be ranked No 8 in the world when the new standings are released.

That will come just a day before Rublev, who climbed into the qualification spots for the ATP Finals with his victory against Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals, turns 23.

It was certainly a hard-fought win for Rublev, now a six-time ATP singles champion, given he was 5-2 down in a first-set tiebreak. But five straight points caught Coric cold and the Croat surrendered the only break of the match in game five of the second set to leave Rublev celebrating.

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