Can’t stop Rublev’s role: Russian sends Fritz to reach the Dubai quarter-finals


By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday March 17th 2021

Andrey Rublev continued his relentless upswing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday, overtaking Taylor Fritz in straights.

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On Wednesday after his 6-3, 6-1 win over Taylor Fritz in Dubai, Russia Andrey Rublev confessed to reporters that he is afraid to realize he has had better luck than good the last two seasons.

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The trend, which has been 56-12 years old since early 2020, is Rublev’s boyfriend, but he still believes his fortune could turn in the blink of an eye if he doesn’t take into account his obsessive desire to improve every aspect of his game to continue to comply. It’s a healthy paranoia that he shares with his greatest tennis idol, Rafael Nadal. Well, well, if your goal is dominance on a tennis court …

Rublev, who on Wednesday in Dubai his 22nd toe with the rapidly rising Russian.

That was the case today as Rublev flipped past Fritz, rescuing all six breakpoints he faced (while serving 3-1 in the second set) and shot 28 winners (including 18 service winners) against just 15 casual mistakes .

It took Rublev just 64 minutes to beat the 30th-placed American in his 15th win against just two losses in 2021.

Rublev will try to scare his opponents more on Thursday when he faces Marton Fucsovics in the quarter-finals. The Russian defeated Hungary a few weeks ago on the way to the Rotterdam title.

Quarters in Dubai

Italy Jannik Sinner scored a formidable surprise over Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday, further proof that he is indeed the leader of the Italian tennis renaissance (but watch out for Lorenzo Musetti, boy has GAME!). Today’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win improves Sünder’s all-time record against the top 20 of the ATP to 7-10.

He hit 16 aces against the world number 11 and will play against Russia Aslan Karatsev next.

“Today I tried to play aggressively, especially in the second legs, a little more, then at some point I played a little slower, just changed the rhythm a little bit, which in my opinion was the key today,” said Sinner Reporter afterwards Game.

The 19-year-old is looking forward to his first encounter with Karatsev, who defeated Lorenzo Sonego on Wednesday 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.

“Of course the next game is a tough game, he’s confident, he played very well in Australia, an incredible run and like I said, now he’s confident and very hard to beat so I think it will work . ” a completely different game than it is today, “said Sinner.” I know he’s a big server, plays very, very big, so it will be different. I’m happy to get to know him in a tournament, we practiced a lot together years, not many, I think it was four or five years ago at a futures event, I practiced with him there. I think some things have changed in the way he plays and the way I play so I’m looking forward to meeting him at a tournament. “

Denis Shapovalov On Wednesday he continued his stormy form and raced past Hubert Hurkacz 6: 4, 6: 3 to book his 21st ATP quarter-finals of his career. The Canadian will face French Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16.

Kei Nishikori is another player in shape and the Japanese star took another nice win on Wednesday by beating Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-4 to set up a quarter-finals with Lloyd Harris.

Nishikori says his early serve came as a pleasant surprise and his backhand made all the difference.

“I think I played the first set perfectly, especially my serve, I felt like one of the best serves in recent tournaments,” he said. “I felt pretty good first serve so it was easier for me. But in the second set he played a lot better, less unforced mistakes and aggressive and I was kind of, I played too perfectly in the first set so I think I lowered my level a bit and I was often defensive but the last couple of games were tough. He pushed my service games forward, I felt under pressure even when I was 5-4 ahead I thought a bit about yesterday, I couldn’t finish the match and I got a bit tight but luckily my backhand helped me to end the match. ”


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