World No. 5 Andrey Rublev admitted he was rushing and thinking too much against Novak Djokovic and that led him nowhere against the Serb. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, dropped just five games en route to.collecting a 6-3 6-2 win over Rublev.
Rublev broke Djokovic in the opening game of the match but the Serb responded with two breaks to win the opener. Djokovic also broke Rublev twice in the second set to book a straight-set win. "I have to pass this experience.
I have been through this when I was playing my first meeting against Andy, against Rafa, and it always takes time. Need to play couple of matches like this to feel ... that you can compete with the best players. It takes time," Rublev said after the loss, per Tennis Now..
"I was a bit rushing, a bit overthinking, because every time I was thinking, okay, now I have chance to attack, now I have chance to lead the point, and you start to think for the next two, three shots, and in the end you don't even make this one."
Djokovic wanted to get Rublev out of his comfort zone
"I knew that I had to be on my toes and start well," said Djokovic. "I dropped my serve again like in the first match [against Casper Ruud]. It was quite a nervous start from both of us until 4-3, then with new balls I somehow managed to find the right shots at the right time.
I made him play, crucially on the break point at 4-3, when I managed to strike a good passing shot. Winning the first set I put additional pressure on him, and I started to maybe play more consistently from the back of the court.
I served well [and] that helped tremendously. I wanted to put him out of his comfort zone, taking away the time and mix up the pace. It was a great performance overall”.