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Reigning champion Rublev sets up Alcaraz clash at Mubadala

A first-time match will take place on Saturday at the exhibition tournament

Andrey Rublev Tennis – ATP Finals Turin – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 18, 2022 Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Reigning champion Andrey Rublev set up a clash with world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition – by beating Borna Coric 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Rublev and Alcaraz have not yet met on the tour – so Saturday’s encounter will be breaking new ground for them both.

Rublev has, however, played Coric several times on tour previously, and won all of those matches, so today’s straight-sets win was not exactly a surprise.

The Russian won last year’s tournament, beating Andy Murray in the final in straight sets.

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