Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev admits he would like to stop doing "really stupid mistakes" as he is tired of putting himself in uncomfortable spots on the court. On Thursday, Rublev struggled a bit but still managed to escape with a 7-6 (7) 7-5 win over Daniel Evans in the Madrid round-of-16.
Rublev managed to avoid serious problems versus Evans but after the win underlined that he has stop putting himself in difficult situations. "It looks like so stressful. I’m going on court thinking for sure today I’m going to do everything & I will be calm and then I’m doing really stupid and easy mistakes that make no sense.
Then I manage somehow to calm down and at the end starts these roller coasters," Rublev said, per Reem Abulleil.
Andrey Rublev: It looks like so stressful. I’m going on court thinking for sure today I’m going to do everything & I will be calm and then I’m doing really stupid and easy mistakes that make no sense.
Then I manage somehow to calm down and at the end starts these roller coasters. — Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) May 5, 2022
Rublev could have easily lost the first set and even the second set
Rublev got off to a slow start to the match as he got broken in the opening game of the match.
After a couple of games, Rublev regrouped and found his rhythm as he broke back Evans in the sixth game to level the set to three games apiece. Rublev had a break point chance in the eighth game but failed to convert as Evans leveled to four games apiece.
As no more breaks were seen, the set went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, Rublev had a 6-4 lead and two consecutive set points but Evans won the next three points to take a 7-6 lead and clinch his first set point. After losing three consecutive points, Rublev won the next three points to win the first set.
After winning the first set, Rublev claimed the first break of the second set in the third game. However, Rublev's lead was short-lived as Evans broke back in the sixth game. Rublev also faced break points in the eighth game but saved to level the set to four games apiece.
After missing out seventh and ninth games, Rublev broke Evans in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead and served out for the match in the following game. It was an inconsistent performance from Rublev but still he managed to win in two sets.