WATCH: Andrey Rublev tells the chair umpire to use iPhone for weather forecast amidst rain delay in Monte Carlo

Rain interrupted play during his semi-final, leading Rublev to make the joke


WATCH: Andrey Rublev tells the chair umpire to use iPhone for weather forecast amidst rain delay in Monte Carlo

Andrey Rublev during the Monte Carlo semi-final (via Tennis Channel)

Andrey Rublev‘s humor does not take a back seat even at a crucial stage. During the semi-final match against Taylor Fritz, Rublev was all up for making jokes despite competing for a seat in the finals. The rain had plagued the competition between the two, and the match got delayed due to the elusive weather.

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Midway through the deciding set of the encounter, potential rain stopped the play between the pair. With Rublev leading with three games, he did not wish to wait for more than necessary during the break. Rublev asked the chair umpire about the weather forecast to know the time of resumption of the match.

Rublev has had a phenomenal season so far. The Russian reached the quarter-finals at almost every participating event and was the runner-up at the Dubai Open against compatriot, Daniil Medvedev. His run at Monte Carlo has also been no exception. And the fifth seed was all cool during the semi-final as well.

During the break halfway through the final set, Rublev showed his calmness as he joked about the rain forecast. Upon asking the chair umpire about the time when they can resume the semi-final, the umpire was clueless. Jokingly, Rublev responded, asking whether he could look through an iPhone. Smirking, Rublev continued, “The iPhone doesn’t show? At least after 6 no rain or tomorrow morning, no rain.”

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His conversation with the umpire brought on much laughter. The rain-addled match ended with a satisfying win on Rublev’s side. The Russian defeated the American in three sets. The 25-year-old reached his second Monte Carlo final with his triumph. He will be facing either Jannik Sinner or Holger Rune for the championship title.

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Andrey Rublev beats Taylor Fritz to reach final

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After defeating Taylor Fritz in over two hours by a score of 5-7, 6-1, and 6-3, Andrey will be aiming for his first Masters 1000 title. After a rain delay, Rublev got off to a strong start in the second set and proceeded in the same manner in the final to move one victory closer to his career-best championship title.

Brought back from the cusp of glory in Dubai, Rublev will hope to bring forth his best in the final. Despite Fritz coming out on top in the last three ATP 1000 matches against the aspiring Russian, it was Rublev who triumphed this time.

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