Incredible scenes in Dubai. Andrey Rublev, disqualified after a scandalous gesture in the semi-final with Bublik

Andrey Rublev, second favorite at the Dubai tournament, was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after allegedly swearing in Russian at a linesman. The world number 5 felt wronged by the linesman's decision. Bublik was leading at that point 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-5.

The Russian and the Kazakh offered a knife-edge match, in which they vented their frustration several times. Andrey Rublev had his own disputes with one of the line judges since the first game of the match. Bublik, on the other hand, received a code violation after shattering his racket, knocking it off the court early in the deciding set.

Later, unhappy with two decisions made by the linesman, Andrey Rublev menacingly approached the official and shouted at him. The chair umpire called the tournament supervisor, and after a few minutes of debate, the decision was made to disqualify the Russian from the tournament. This even if his opponent tried to convince the officials to restart the game.

Andrey Rublev swore at one of the match referees. Photo Getty images

According to the international media, the Russian would have shouted to the official: “Bloody hell”. The player has lost all the points earned this week, but also the prize money. He will also be fined by the ATP. Instead, the Kazakh will face the winner of the match Daniil Medvedev (4 ATP) – Ugo Humbert (18 ATP) in the last act.