Sebastian Baez dominates Andrey Rublev to advance to Bastad Open final

Sebastian Baez confirms his good form by qualifying for his third final of the season after those of Santiago (lost) and Estoril (won). After dismissing Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, the Argentinian (34th in the world) emerged victorious from a very solid match in Bastad against world number 8, Andrey Rublev. Not a match of poets, but a match where Baez will have shown mental solidity and an exemplary accuracy of play against a still boiling Russian.

A Rublev lacking benchmarks

Put in confidence by a quick break (3-1), Baez played his game in the first set. A solid top 10, Rublev immediately responded by coming away 3-0 in the second. But Baez never panicked. On the contrary, he continued to play fair, taking advantage of certain largesse from his opponent, not yet fully developed after an almost non-existent grass season. We have seen Rublev try something other than the overpowered strike from the baseline, but his rare approaches to the net have rarely worked in his favor, like the match point. Returning to 4-4, Baez seemed unstoppable despite Rublev’s desire to stay in the game.

Qualified for the final of the Bastad Open, Baez will face for the title his compatriot Francisco Cerundolo who overcame Pablo Carreno Busta (6-3, 6-2).

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