Andrey Rublev jokes: 'I wrote history, no one did that before me'



by JOVICA ILIC

Andrey Rublev jokes: 'I wrote history, no one did that before me'
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Andrey Rublev is yet to make Major semi-final, reaching the quarter-final nine times and falling every time! Andrey's most recent setback came in the US Open quarter-final, battling against his compatriot Daniil Medvedev and losing 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 48 minutes.

Thus, Rublev extended his terrible streak, standing as the only player with a 0-9 score in the Major quarter-finals! The Russian joked about his negative record, saying he has already written history after beating everyone on that list.

Rublev faced two challenging rivals in this year's Major quarter-finals, falling to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne and London and extending his terrible run versus Medvedev in New York. Andrey and Daniil battled for almost three hours, dealing with heat and humidity and struggling physically.

They delivered terrible numbers behind the second serve, and Daniil made the difference on the first. The encounter offered 31 break points, and Medvedev played better in the decisive moments to emerge at the top in straight sets.

The older Russian grabbed eight return breaks from 18 opportunities. He lost serve five times from 13 chances given to his opponent, enough to emerge at the top and preserve energy. Andrey made a perfect start, taking 12 out of the opening 13 points and building a 3-0 advantage.

Andrey Rublev is 0-9 in the Major quarter-finals.

Daniil pulled the break back in game five and held at love a few minutes later to lock the result at 3-3. Rublev missed a forehand in the ninth game, falling 5-4 behind and allowing Medvedev to serve for the set.

Daniil fired a service winner in game ten to secure the opener in 33 minutes and gain a boost. The second set saw more break points and deuces, lasting an hour and taking everything from both. They traded four breaks in the opening five games, struggling behind the second serve and missing free points.

Daniil grabbed another break in game seven after an extended rally and Andrey's backhand mistake. The former champion denied three break points in game eight to cement the advantage. He secured the fourth break of the set in the next one with a cracking backhand down the line winner that pushed him 6-4, 6-3 in front.

The third set lasted almost 80 minutes, requiring every piece of energy left in them. Rublev broke after a marathon third game, staying in front only until the next one, as Medvedev leveled the score at 2-2. Andrey secured another break in the fifth game and held to forge a 4-2 advantage, looking good to extend the battle.

Medvedev pulled the break back in game eight and denied a break point in the next one to open a 5-4 gap. The tenth game lasted forever, with the older Russian earning five match points. Daniil seized the last to emerge at the top and keep Andrey without a Major semi-final at 25.

Andrey Rublev