Andrey Rublev crowned a fantastic season with the Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in Abu Dhabi, becoming the fifth different champion of this event. Andrey failed to advance into the semi-final in Abu Dhabi in 2017 and 2019, playing on a higher level this year and toppling Denis Shapovalov and Andy Murray to lift the trophy. Andrey beat Andy 6-4, 7-6 in just under an hour and 40 minutes, prevailing in the crucial moments to conquer the event and claim a unique trophy mainly reserved for Nadal, Djokovic and Murray in the past. Andy ousted Daniel Evans and Rafael Nadal to find himself in the final, battling hard to erase the deficit in the second set against Andrey but failing to force a decider.
Andrey Rublev claimed the first Mubadala World Tennis Championship crown.
The three-time Major winner held at love with an ace in the opening game before Rublev fired a service winner for 1-1. The Russian produced another perfect hold in game four and broke the opponent in the next one after Andy’s forehand mistake right after the serve. Rublev closed the eighth game home with an unreturned serve and wrapped up the set with a perfect backhand down the line winner at 5-4. At the beginning of the second set, Murray netted a backhand to experience a break and found himself 6-4, 2-0 down when Rublev blasted an ace in game two. Dominating with his initial shot and forehand, Andrey delivered another comfortable hold in game four to open a 3-1 gap and move closer to the finish line.
The Briton landed an ace in the fifth game to stay in touch before the Russian hit an easy winner at the net in the next one to remain ahead. With not much time left, Andy finally found the rhythm on the return in the eighth game, firing a backhand winner to grab his only break and gain a massive boost. Both players served well in the remaining four games to introduce a tie break, a must-win one for Murray. Andrey stayed focused and forged a 4-0 advantage before Andy netted a forehand in the sixth point to fall 5-1 behind. The younger player returned at 6-2 and forced the opponent’s mistake with a mighty forehand to seal the deal and celebrate the title.