ATP Dubai: Andrey Rublev gets defaulted after yelling at the line judge

Andrey Rublev ended his Dubai campaign in the worst way

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Dubai: Andrey Rublev gets defaulted after yelling at the line judge
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World no. 5 Andrey Rublev got defaulted for the first time in a career following the semi-final drama in Dubai! Andrey trailed 6-5 in the final set against Alexander Bublik before the supervisor Roland Herfel defaulted him after being accused of swearing at a line judge over a questionable call from the last point of the 11th game.

The other line judge, who speaks Russian, explained what Andrey shouted to his colleague, and the supervisor ended the match. The Unsportsmanlike Conduct sent Rublev out of the tournament despite clarifying he did not even speak in Russian, with Bublik also backing his good friend and wanting to continue the battle.

Supervisor stayed with his decision, sending Alexander into the final following a 6-7, 7-6, 6-5 triumph.

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Andrey had his chances to seal the deal before the incident, standing two points away from the finish line in the tie break of the second set.

Also, the Russian led 4-2 in the decider and had four break points in game seven that could have pushed him over the top. Bublik held, pulled the break back and led 6-5 before the encounter ended in the worst way. The Kazakh fired 21 aces and a massive 50 service winners, keeping him involved.

However, he had to work hard in his games, playing against 14 break points and defending 11. Bublik seized three out of four break opportunities, hanging in and getting a chance to seek the title versus Ugo Humbert on Saturday.

It was a high-quality battle with more winners than unforced errors on each side, with a deciding tie break as the only missing element. Bublik avoided an early setback, holding in the first game of the encounter after defending two break chances.

The Kazakh grabbed a break in game two after the Russian's double fault, forging an early advantage and holding at 15 in the next one for 3-0 after 11 minutes. Andrey held in game four and pulled the break back in the next one after Alexander's double fault, reducing the deficit to 3-2.

Rublev fired an ace in the eighth game for 4-4, and Bublik followed that pace a few minutes later, leading 5-4 and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the set. Andrey came from 15-30 and landed an ace to bring the game home and prolong the battle.

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Andrey Rublev got defaulted in Dubai.

They produced fine holds in games 11 and 12, introducing a tie break. Alexander played a loose forehand in the eighth point, falling 5-3 behind and facing two set points after Andrey's mighty forehand in the tenth point.

The 2nd seed seized the first with a powerful serve, wrapping up the opener in 50 minutes. Like in the opener, Bublik grabbed an early break in the second set, defending superbly and drawing Rublev's volley mistake for the advantage.

Alexander fired an ace in game two, moving 2-0 in front and settling into a fine rhythm. The Kazakh held after deuces in the fourth game and landed a forehand winner at 3-2 for a hold at love, staying in front.

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Bublik played a loose service game at 4-3, netting a routine forehand and bringing Rublev back to the positive side of the scoreboard.

Alexander held at love in game ten, locking the result at 5-5 and extending his chances. They produced two comfortable holds in games 11 and 12, arranging the second tie break, a must-win one for Bublik. He hit a double fault in the sixth point, finding himself 4-2 behind and close to the exit door.

Rublev moved 5-3 in front with a volley winner at the net before netting a routine forehand in the next one that would cost him dearly. Alexander landed two service winners for a 6-5 lead, creating a set point and converting it after Andrey's wayward volley, forcing a decider after an hour and 38 minutes.

The better-ranked player made a fresh start and clinched a break at the beginning of the final set after passing his opponent at the net. Rublev cemented the lead with a hold at love in game two, closing it with a powerful serve for 2-0.

In one of the pivotal moments, Bublik denied three break points in the third game, staying focused and remaining within one break deficit after a booming serve. Andrey served well in games four and six, opening a 4-2 lead and sailing toward the finish line.

In another crucial game, Alexander played against four break points at 2-4.

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Rublev missed a smash on the first and squandered the remaining opportunities before Bublik held for 3-4 and a boost.

The Russian hit a terrible smash in the eighth game, losing serve and bringing his good friend back to the positive side of the scoreboard. Rublev kept his temper and held at love in game ten with a powerful serve for more drama.

Andrey did not stop the point after a questionable call in the 11th game, losing it and yelling toward the line judge while getting closer to him. As we explained, the other line judge understood what he said, although Rublev denied he talked in Russian, earning his first default in a career.

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