ATP Miami: Nick Kyrgios leaves Rafael Nadal loss behind and destroys Andrey Rublev

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ATP Miami: Nick Kyrgios leaves Rafael Nadal loss behind and destroys Andrey Rublev

World no. 7 Andrey Rublev headed to Miami with 18 wins from 21 encounters this season. The Russian claimed two titles this year and reached the Indian Wells semi-final. He lost that one to Taylor Fritz and hoped for a better run in Miami.

Instead, Andrey experienced a heavy 6-3, 6-0 loss to Nick Kyrgios in 52 minutes, in one of his worst career losses! Kyrgios advanced into the last eight in Indian Wells and pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits for almost three hours.

The Aussie lost his temper in the end and earned a $25,000 fine, but he left that all behind against Rublev in Miami to sail into the last 32. It was their third meeting and the second victory for the Aussie, who notched the 23rd triumph over the top-10 rivals.

Kyrgios served at 80% and turned that into ten aces and two out of three break chances defended.

Nick Kyrgios needed just over 50 minutes to beat Andrey Rublev in Miami.

The pressure was on Andrey, and he failed to impose his strokes, change the course of the clash or draw more mistakes from the opponent.

The Russian served at 51% and allowed the Aussie to steal 56% of the return points and turn them into five breaks from seven chances. Taming his strokes superbly, Nick fired 20 winners and eight unforced errors to deliver one of Andrey's most brutal losses in a career.

Kyrgios kept his backhand safe, attacked from every position and took the ball early to take the time away from Rublev's strokes and sail over the finish line in no time. The Aussie held at love in the opening game before the Russian grabbed a break in game three with a running forehand down the line winner at the net.

In the next game, Nick broke back at 15 after Andrey's double fault and moved 3-2 up with a booming serve. Rublev netted a forehand in the sixth to fall 4-2 down and drop the third straight game. Another powerful serve sent the Aussie 5-2 ahead, and he blasted four unreturned serves at 5-3 to wrap up the opener in 27 minutes.

Unable to find the first serve or impose his strokes, Rublev got broken at the start of the second set, which marked his end. Nick saved a break point in game two and blasted another 136 mp/h serve to cement the advantage.

Falling further behind, Andrey suffered another break at 0-3 and destroyed his racquet in anger. A service winner sent the Aussie 4-0 in front, and he blasted a forehand down the line return winner in the next one for a massive 5-0 advantage.

Rublev played a couple of great shots to reach deuce in game six before Nick sealed the deal with a volley winner at the net to deliver a bagel and storm over world no. 7.