ATP Miami: Andrey Rublev destroys Miomir Kecmanovic

Andrey Rublev ousted Miomir Kecmanovic in under an hour in Miami

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Miami: Andrey Rublev destroys Miomir Kecmanovic

Andrey Rublev has been a dominant figure in his duels against Miomir Kecmanovic. Andrey toppled Miomir 6-1, 6-2 in 58 minutes in the Miami Open third round, playing at a high level and sailing into the last 16. Rublev blasted 12 aces and dropped 13 points in eight service games to avoid break points.

The Serb was miles away from that pace, struggling to impose his strokes or match the rival's level. Kecmanovic gave away half of the points in his games and experienced four breaks from eight chances offered to Rublev. The Russian fired 32 winners and 11 unforced errors and left the opponent behind in the shortest and mid-range exchanges.

Andrey held at 15 in the encounter's first game after a service winner and forced Miomir's forehand error on the third break chance in game two to build an early advantage. Rublev secured the third game with a forehand crosscourt winner and hung in on the return in the next one.

Andrey Rublev stormed over Miomir Kecmanovic in Miami.

Kecmanovic squandered five game points and got broken after a forehand forced error that pushed him 4-0 behind. With everything working his way, the Russian landed an ace in game five to bring it home at 15 and open a 5-0 gap.

Miomir served to avoid a bagel in game six and held at 15 after Andrey's loose backhand. The better-ranked player served for the set in game seven and landed a backhand crosscourt winner to wrap it up in style. Miomir held at love in the second set's first game, already equaling what he did in the terrible opening set.

Andrey responded with an ace in game two and placed a backhand crosscourt return winner in the next one for three break points. Rublev drew Kecmanovic's backhand error on the first to secure a break and open a set and a break advantage.

Dominating with his forehand, the Russian landed a down the line winner in game four to forge a 3-1 ahead and move closer to the finish line. Andrey cracked a backhand down the line winner in the fifth game to secure another break and seal the rival's fate.

The Russian held at 30 in game six for 5-1, forcing the opponent to serve to stay in the match. Miomir held at 15 with a service winner, and Andrey sealed the deal with an unreturned serve at 5-2 for a place in the last 16.

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