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ATP World Tour veteran Dudi Sela beats #NextGenATP Borna Coric to advance to the second round of the VTB Kremlin Cup.

Sela Stalls Coric's Milan Hopes

Bublik advances to preserve his own Emirates ATP Race To Milan dreams

ATP World Tour veteran Dudi Sela stalled #NextGenATP Croatian Borna Coric's hopes of qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals by eliminating the 20 year old from the VTB Kremlin Cup on Monday, 6-3, 6-2.

The Israeli fell behind 0-2, but then won eight of the next nine games to take a commanding set and a break lead over the No. 6 player in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. Sela would not look back, closing out his opponent in 63 minutes. While Coric can no longer control his destiny in the Race this week, he currently leads the final automatic qualifier, No. 7 Hyeon Chung, by 146 points. 

Alexander Bublik maintained his dreams of qualifying for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals by defeating Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, 6-3, 6-4 in 68 minutes.

The young Kazakh, who got into the main draw as a lucky loser despite falling in the final round of qualifying to Lukas Rosol, kept his hopes alive in the Race. He entered the tournament in 12th place with 459 points, 281 points behind No, 7 Chung, who is currently in the final qualifying spot. If Bublik goes onto win his first ATP World Tour title in Moscow, he will earn 250 points, which would put him right in the mix for Milan.

The tournament’s No. 5 seed, Andrey Rublev, begins his campaign on Tuesday. The Russian became the second player to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals on Tuesday, joining Alexander Zverev.

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