Rublev/Tursunov Triumph On Home Turf
Tursunov victorious in return to ATP World Tour
The first-time pairing of Andrey Rublev and Dmitry Tursunov became the fourth all-Russian team to capture the doubles title at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow. The wild cards defeated Radu Albot and Frantisek Cermak on Sunday 2-6, 6-1, 10-6 in 67 minutes.
Rublev, appearing in his first ATP World Tour final, joined Tursunov in earning 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings points. The duo will split the prize money of $38,600. Tursunov also lifted the trophy with Marat Safin in 2007 and Igor Kunitsyn in 2010. Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko were also Russian winners in 2004. Tursunov was appearing in his first tournament since the 2014 US Open. He has now secured seven doubles titles.
"It's a very good start for my first tournament back," said Tursunov. "I'm very happy. It's going to be a long way back in singles, but it's definitely good to get a few matches under my belt — especially matches where there's a lot of seesaw action. It gives you a good taste of that nervousness. That's going to translate into the singles matches as well."
Albot/Cermak surged into a 4-0 lead in the first set, but in a reversal of fortunes Rublev/Tursunov took a 5-0 lead in the second set. They maintained the momentum in the Match Tie-break, winning six of the first seven points before Albot/Cermak recovered to 6-7.
"Dimitry can do everything well," said the 18-year-old Rublev. "He returned and served perfectly. If I play a bad point, I know he will make a good shot. This is what it's all about. In the important moments, he plays so good."
Albot partnered with Dusan Lajovic to win the Istanbul title earlier this year. Cermak dropped to 3-3 in Moscow finals, including titles in 2011 (w/Filip Polasek), 2012 (w/Michal Mertinak) and 2014 (w/Jiri Vesely). It was his 32nd tour-level doubles final.