Andrey Rublev unloaded on the ATP after finishing his Paris Masters quarterfinal match after 1 am and being left with around 15 hours to recover for the Novak Djokovic match. At 11 pm local time, Rublev's match against Alex de Minaur started.
After just over two hours of play, Rublev completed a 4-6 6-3 6-1 win. Rublev, who plays against world No 1 Djokovic in the semifinal today at 5 pm, wasn't happy at all. "[To get to sleep after a match like this] First of all I have dinner, treatment, arrive to the hotel, take a shower...
I will go to sleep at 4, 5 am? Crazy. Amazing schedule, thank you! I am in the council of ATP and... ATP, we are together!" Rublev said after beating de Minaur.
Rublev experiences a Jannik Sinner-like situation in Paris
Earlier this week, Sinner's second-round match against Mackenzie McDonald finished at 02:37 am.
Sinner was scheduled to return to the court that day but he ended up withdrawing from his round-of-16 match against de Minaur. The Paris organizers were heavily criticized by fans even before Sinner announced his withdrawal.
"I am sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from today's match in Bercy. I finished the match when it was almost 3 in the morning and didn't go to bed until a few hours later. I had less than 12 hours to rest and prepare for the next match.
I have to make the right decision for my health and my body. The weeks ahead with the ATP Finals at home and the Davis Cup will be very important, now I focus on preparing for these important events. See you in Turin!" Sinner said in a statement.
Meanwhile, it is hard to expect Rublev being at his very best against Djokovic today considering that he probably went to sleep at around 4 or 5 am.
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