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US Open 2017: schedule, news, live
US Open 2017: schedule, news, live

The protesters, mainly women gathered at the Trump US Open 2017 Live Course in the US State of New Jerse...The protest against the president regularly takes place both in the US and abroad, when Trump pays a...Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Borna Coric are some of the boom youngsters to have already captured an ATP World Tour title, and Andrey Rublev looks to join them on Sunday in Umag when he plays for a maiden title against 35-year-old Italian warhorse Paolo Lorenzi.

 

Event: US Open Tennis

Date: August 28 – September 10

Place: New York City, New York, United States

Broadcasting:  usopentennis2017.net

 

Rublev has enjoyed a fairytale week in Umag and is aiming to become the first lucky loser to win an ATP title since 2009, while Lorenzi continues to play some of his best tennis in the twilight of his career, advancing into his second final of 2017. A fascinating clash of styles and generation meet as Rublev and Lorenzi take to court at 8.00pm local time on Sunday (7.00pm BST).

 

Always a bright talent with explosive shotmaking that belies his current slender frame, Andrey Rublev has been threatening to make a breakthrough on the US Open Tennis 2017 Live World Tour for the last 12 months or so - and with a bit of fortune mixed in for good measure, that breakthrough has come in the Croatian coastal city of Umag this week.

 

Earlier this week Rublev lost in the final round of qualifying to World No. 174 Attila Balazs in straight sets. Fast forward six days, and after entering the main draw as a lucky loser, Rublev is into his first ATP final and looking to become the second teenager in 2017 to lift a tour title, following on from a then 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in Montpellier. Rublev began his Umag main draw campaign with a pair of straight sets wins over Carlos Berlocq and Andrej Martin, but he played his best match of the week so far in the quarter-finals against defending champion Fabio Fognini, edging the enigmatic Italian in a third set tiebreak.

 

Rublev then conquered local wildcard Ivan Dodig in straight sets in the semi-finals on Saturday to secure his spot in his first ATP final.

"I'm happy that I'm in my first final," Rublev said. "The key was staying strong mentally. I feel that both of us weren't feeling really well on the court and the conditions were tough. It was more mental."

 

Starting the year ranked outside the world’s top 150, Rublev will land at a career-high No. 48 if he can win the Umag title on Sunday, with the young Russian gradually making nice improvement all season long, qualifying for all three grand slams, making the quarter-finals on the grass of Halle and finishing runner-up at the Rennes Challenger. Can Rublev break new ground and achieve a career milestone on Sunday in Umag?

 

Playing the best tennis of his career at the age of 35, Paolo Lorenzi came into Umag ranked No. 34 in the world US Open Tennis 2017 - one spot off his career-high - and the Italian warhorse has continued his great form by reaching the fourth final of his career, defeating Aljaz Bedene and Jiri Vesely before eliminating compatriot Alessandro Giannessi in three sets in the semis to book his ticket in the final.

"I'm really happy to be in the final in Umag," said Lorenzi. "It was a really tough match because I know Alessandro really well and we're good friends. It was a battle, but I hope to recover and be ready for tomorrow."

 

A classic clay courter who has transformed into a solid all-court player in the latter stages of his career, Lorenzi is searching for his second career title on Sunday. It was this time last year when Lorenzi became the oldest first-time singles champion in history on the ATP World Tour after capturing the Kitzbuhel silverware, defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final.

 

Lorenzi finished 2016 inside the top 40 for the first time after making the semi-finals of Quito, the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires, Bucharest and St. Petersburg and the third round of the US Open (his best result at a slam), while he’s consolidated that ranking in 2017, finishing runner-up in Quito, winning the Caltanissetta Challenger and reaching the semi-finals of Budapest.

 

This will be Rublev and Lorenzi’s first meeting on tour - and it should be a cracking one. Rublev will look to be the aggressor and has more natural power than Lorenzi, although the Italian has all the experience on his side and could potentially take advantage of the Russian’s sometimes-fragile temperament with his consistent baseline game. It’s a tough match to predict, but if Rublev can find the right balance and hang in there mentally, I think he has enough weapons to prevail.ATP UMAG: Can’t make it to Croatia? Don’t miss a second of live match coverage of ATP UMAG on Tennis Channel Plus. Watch exclusive match coverage of ATP UMAG on Tennis Channel Plus.

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