Watch: Frustrated Andrey Rublev annihilates his racquet after another loss

Andrey Rublev lost his fourth consecutive match in Barcelona

by Jovica Ilic
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Watch: Frustrated Andrey Rublev annihilates his racquet after another loss
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World no. 8 Andrey Rublev has lost four consecutive matches in straight sets, suffering early losses in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The Russian fell to Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 53 minutes in the second round in Barcelona, extending his misery and destroying his racquet in anger.

Nakashima claimed only two points more than Rublev despite keeping the pressure on a top-10 rival. Brandon saved the only break point he faced and created nine return opportunities, seizing one in the opening set. The American served well in the second set and prevailed in a tie break to emerge at the top and celebrate his ninth ATP win on clay.

Andrey Rublev & Brandon Nakashima, Barcelona 2024 © Stream screenshot

They stayed neck and neck in service winners, and Rublev could not defend his shots more efficiently, spraying 40 unforced errors. They served well in the opening two games of the encounter before Andrey experienced a break point at 1-1 after a backhand error.

The Russian denied it with a forced error, holding and avoiding an early setback. The servers had no problems in the upcoming games, and Nakashima locked the result at 4-4 with a drop shot winner in game eight. The American created three break points in the ninth game, causing the Russian's frustration.

Brandon seized the second opportunity, delivering a break and opening a 5-4 advantage. The lower-ranked player served for the set in game ten and faced a break point after netting a backhand.

Andrey Rublev, Barcelona 2024© Stream screenshot

Andrey Rublev could not hide his frustration after the Barcelona Open early exit.

Nakashima denied it with a powerful serve and fired another on a set point for 6-4 after 43 minutes. Rublev sent a backhand wide in the first game of the second set, playing against a break point. He saved it with a powerful serve and held, avoiding chasing an early break.

They served well in the upcoming games, and Brandon locked the result at 4-4 after Andrey's mistake in game eight. The Russian faced the ultimate test in game nine, facing three break points. He denied them and held after the American's forehand mistake, opening a 5-4 lead and pressuring his opponent.

Brandon grabbed the tenth game with a service winner and made another push on the return in the next one. Andrey hit a double fault and experienced a break point, saving it with a service winner and remaining in contention.

The set went into a tie break, and they stayed neck and neck. Nakashima fired an unreturned serve at 5-5, creating a match point. Rublev denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner for more drama and excitement. The Russian netted a forehand in the 13th point, offering his rival the second match point.

Brandon seized it with a forced error, celebrating his first top-10 victory on clay and causing Andrey's meltdown.

Brandon Nakashima & Andrey Rublev, Barcelona 2024© Stream screenshot

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