Andrei Rublev became a rival to Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis championship.
In the fourth round match, Rublev met with the representative of Norway, Kasper Ruud. The rivals had met three times before, and in all cases the Russian won. But on the eve of the match, he admitted that a very difficult fight awaits him.
“I remember in the first meeting I lost a set and a break, but then I managed to win. In 2020 there was a very tough match, a very intense game, a very high and fast level of play. It was very difficult, but I managed to win confidently enough in two sets. He’s in good shape now. I’m sure there will be a very physical match because he runs very well, plays long rallies. And there will be a very intense match, because he also plays very fast, he has a very cool right hand. It will be a very difficult match. “, – said Rublev after winning in the third round.
In the first set, Ruud was unable to provide stubborn resistance to the Russian. Rublev played powerfully and accurately and deservedly won – 6: 2. In the second game, the Norwegian added, and a tie-break was required to identify the strongest. But even here the Russian outplayed his opponent at the decisive moment – 7: 6 (7-3).
Having lost the second game, Ruud decided to abandon further struggle.
Thus, Rublev reached the quarterfinals, where he will play with compatriot Daniil Medvedev, who previously outplayed American Mackenzie MacDonald in three sets.
Also, Aslan Karatsev will play in the quarter-finals, his rival will be Gregor Dimitrov from Bulgaria.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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