Last year's Moscow champion has already claimed trophies in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg this season and is in second place on the 2020 ATP Tour wins leaderboard with 33 wins this year. It was a tough decision, as Coric was in solid position, and ready to put away a backhand volley, but Rublev's floater clipped the line, and even though Coric saved a break point with a big serve to get to 30-40, he could not stop Rublev on the next point. 'The level was high from both sides.
However, in the second set, the situation changed completely.
Zverev will also be top seed for next week's Cologne Championships tournament where he is joined in the draw by French Open semi-finalist Diego Schwartzman and Auger-Aliassime who will be fifth seed.
In the final set, at 2-all, Rublev broke Shapovalov and consolidated the break for a 4-2 lead.
With just two places left in the eight-man field for the London season finale, Rublev is 249 points ahead of Diego Schwartzman, who now occupies the final qualification position. "I think it was a great match and we both played great".
Raonic, who won the event in 2015, will face No. 7 seed Borna Coric of Croatia in the semi-finals after Coric defeated American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (3), 6-3. His sixth ace closed out the 39-minute set, 6-3, and it was on to the decider. When he gave me this opportunity, I used it. Rublev has won all three previous meetings with Coric and has never dropped a set to him.
With the victory against Raonic, Coric repeated last year's result in St. Petersburg, when he also reached the final.
Coric lost the first set very quickly, and the key was the second game, which lasted more than 10 minutes.
At the beginning of the third set, Coric managed to save three breaks in his first service game in that set. So, it came down to a winner-take-all one set match.
Coric finished with four service aces and won 76 percent (37 of 49) of his first-serve points and backed it by winning 52 percent (14 of 27) of his second serves. Coric outpointed his opponent 74-68.
The Canadian will be going for his first career ATP title-he's 0-5 in his career in finals.