ATP Moscow: Bublik and Medveded took down Ramos-Vinolas and Carreno Busta!- View: 867 by Jovica Ilic
12 months ago, Alexander Bublik advanced to his first ATP quarter-final in Moscow and he managed to repeat that, this time as a lucky loser. 20-year-old defeated the second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas by 4-6 7-5 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes, blasting 19 aces and delivering his shotmaking abilities, proving once again he will be one of the most attractive players to watch in the years to come. Alexander faced just 3 break points in the entire match, losing serve once, and he was very efficient on the return, earning 12 break chances.
Ramos-Vinolas did well to save 9 but that wasn´t enough for a more positive result, losing the pace in the final set when he was broken twice. Bublik struggled to find the first serve in the opening set but he still had a chance to clinch it, as he had 7 break points in 3 consecutive return games! Ramos-Vinolas used all of his experience to fends them off and he broke the youngster in game 7 to grab the set by 6-4.
The second set was much different, with good holding from both, and the 7th game was very important, as Alexander saved the lone break point he faced, the one that could cost him the match. Albert was serving much better than the opener but he failed to set up the tie break, dropping serve for the first time in game 12, forced to earn the victory in the decider.
The problem was, Bublik stole the momentum and he was the dominant player in the second part of the final set, rattling off the last 4 games of the encounter to reach the next round in front of the excited crowd. Second round results: