Rublev trailed Shapovalov by a set but fought back to prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and ensure there will be a home hope in the final.
"Victory a" / Rublev saved five of six break points to advance and took advantage in the final set when Shapovalov needed treatment on his shoulder. Coric saved three breaks, each with an excellent serve, but on the fourth, he made a double fault. One or two points decided the match and today it was for me. Only Novak Djokovic, who owns a 37-2 record in 2020, is ahead of Rublev in this category.
"Sometimes our game style looks the same, we both play aggressively and we like to hit winners, so it's going to be tough but interesting".
He will meet No. 7 seed Borna Coric in Sunday afternoon's final after the Croatian stopped No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Canada, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, to reach his first ATP final of the year and seventh in his career. His sixth ace closed out the 39-minute set, 6-3, and it was on to the decider. When he gave me this opportunity, I used it.
However, in the second set, the situation changed completely.
Since the beginning of last month's Hamburg Open, Rublev has won 13 of his last 14 matches with his only loss coming against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Jutarnji List reports that this was the second meeting between Coric and Raonic in which Coric retaliated against the Canadian for losing in Delray Beach three years ago. So far, he has won two titles, Marrakesh 2017 and Halle 2018, while his last appearance in the final was just previous year in St. Petersburg in September. However, Coric did what no others had been able to do - namely, break Raonic's service. Coric broke the Raonic three times in the match-twice in the second set and one last time in the third-after the Canadian had been 29-for-29 on service games going into the semis. Raonic dominated the first set 6-1 and Coric responded by doing the same in the second.
Coric lost the first set very quickly, and the key was the second game, which lasted more than 10 minutes.
At the Sardegna Open, Marco Cecchinato routed Danilo Petrovic 6-1, 6-0 and will face Laslo Djere in the final after Lorenzo Musetti retired in the third set with a right elbow injury.
Raonic fired 15 aces past Khachanov and only faced one break point, which he saved.