Russian Aslan Karatsev reached the first final of his career in Dubai after beating his compatriot Andrei Rublev, second seed, in three sets, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-4. after two hours and a quarter of the game.
The good moment of Karatsev, 27, lasted in the United Arab Emirates, which will have one last game without any of its great aspirants.
Karatsev will go for the trophy with the South African Lloyd Harris, coming from the previous phase, who previously beat the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, third seeded, by 6-7 (5), 6-4 and 7-6 (6).
Karatsev, who already surprised when he reached the Australian Open semi-final that he lost to Novak Djokovic, took another step in his career. In an unprecedented crash He beat Rublev, one of the fittest players of the last year and a half, winner this year in Rotterdam and who in 2020 won five of the eight titles that his showcase contemplates.
Karatsev, currently ranked 42nd in the ATP ranking, The best he has achieved throughout his career, he took advantage of his good start to win the first set, although afterwards he could not stop Rublev’s reaction, which led to the final set.
The Russian broke twice his rival’s serve and reached 5-2. Rublev fought a battle. He signed a break and was about to even the sleeve, but Karatsev stayed solid and closed the match to reach his first time on the last day of a professional tournament.