"I had a very tough final in NY and, the next final I played here, I wanted to come out and play my best tennis", he said.
Alexander Zverev ended his 17-month wait for a title by drawing on the pain of his U.S. Open final defeat to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 and win the Cologne Indoors on Sunday.
"Felix, you're an unbelievable player". This is his first appearance in Germany since playing in Hamburg past year. Zverev's previous title was at the clay-court Geneva Open in May 2019 and he is now 12-8 in career finals. "I know it doesn't mean much right now, but I'm sure you are not only going to win one title, you're going to win multiple, multiple titles in your career, bigger titles than this", he added.
Rublev trailed Denis Shapovalov by a set but fought back to prevail 4-6 6-3 6-4 and ensure there will be a home hope in the final.
The 22-year-old Rublev added the title in Russian Federation to trophies in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg. However, he is not enjoying a great record in the ATP finals.
"The match was unreal, in my opinion", said Rublev who moves ahead of Diego Schwartzman into eighth position in the race to London.
Top-seeded Alexander Zverev advanced to the semifinals by beating Lloyd Harris of South Africa 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. Djere was leading 2-6 6-2 4-1. Still, given the fact Zverev was not giving up any loose errors on key points, Auger-Aliassime would have been wise to either attack net more or try to bring his opponent forward at times.
"I have got to do a better job of keeping my focus until the end of a match".
Djere, the world number 74, is the third Serbian to win an ATP title this year after world number one and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic (four titles) and 21-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic, who captured his maiden title in Kitzbuehel.