Andrey Rublev calls his Roland Garros performance a 'tennis suicide'

Andrey Rublev fell to Matteo Arnaldi in straight sets in Paris

by Jovica Ilic
Andrey Rublev calls his Roland Garros performance a 'tennis suicide'
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The 6th seed Andrey Rublev will not seek his third Roland Garros quarter-final. The Russian suffered a surprising 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 loss to Matteo Arnaldi in the third round, blasting his performance and calling it a tennis suicide!

The Italian advanced into the fourth round at Majors for the second time, taking a tight opener and controlling the pace in sets two and three for a career-best victory. Like many times before, Rublev could not control his temper, smashing his racquet and screaming angrily.

The Russian shattered his level and behavior, calling it one of his worst performances at Majors. The Italian landed 13 aces and kept his service games safe, defending his second serve superbly and getting broken two times from three chances offered to his opponent.

Rublev could not match those numbers, losing 42% of the points behind the initial shot and suffering five breaks from 13 opportunities presented to Arnaldi.

Andrey Rublev, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The Italian brought his A-game, landing 47 winners and 19 unforced errors and leaving the Russian on a 37-37 ratio.

Matteo built the advantage in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, while nothing separated them in the most advanced rallies. Arnaldi made a reliable start, producing three fine holds and earning three break chances in the second game.

Rublev denied them and held with an ace to avoid an early setback. Matteo grabbed the fifth game with a service winner before facing issues at 3-3. He squandered a game point, and Andrey secured a break with a forced error that sent him in front.

The Russian had game points for a 5-3 lead. However, he failed to bring the game home and experienced three break points. Rublev sprayed a forehand error on the third, allowing his rival to return to the positive side.

Matteo Arnaldi, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Matteo Arnaldi sent Andrey Rublev packing at Roland Garros.

Arnaldi held after a deuce in the 11th game, moving 6-5 in front and causing more frustration from the 6th seed.

Andrey introduced a tie break with a hold at love in game 12 and fell 4-1 behind after Matteo's mini-break and an ace in the fifth point. Rublev pulled the mini-break back in the ninth point and landed a forehand winner at 5-5 for a set point.

Arnaldi saved it with a nice backhand and clinched the breaker 8-6 after an incredible running forehand crosscourt winner at the net. They traded early breaks in the second set, and Andrey denied two more break points at 1-1.

The Russian struggled in his games by the end of the set, squandering numerous game points at 2-2 and losing serve for another wave of frustration.

Andrey Rublev, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Rublev missed a volley in the seventh game, experiencing another break and angrily smashing his racquet.

The Italian served for the set at 5-2 and fired a service winner, opening two sets to love advantage after an hour and 51 minutes. They stayed neck and neck in the first half of the second set, with no deuces or chances for the returners.

Matteo created a break chance in the seventh game with a sharp return and grabbed a decisive break with a forehand down the line winner. The lower-ranked player held at love in the eighth game with a service winner, moving 5-3 in front and serving for the win at 5-4.

The Italian created three match points with a powerful serve and seized the first with another, sealing the deal in style and booking a place in the last 16.

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