Scoring no wins in Paris before this year, the 13th seed and a former junior champion Andrey Rublev is through to the fourth round of Roland Garros. The Russian played at a high level on Court Simonne-Mathieu on Saturday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 34 minutes.
Returning from knee surgery, Andreson gave his best to win two matches in Paris, unable to continue his run following a dominant performance from Rublev who had the upper hand on both serve and return. The youngster lost 12 points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point and keeping the pressure on the other side of the net.
Andrey had 27 winners and 16 unforced errors, drawing more than 30 mistakes from the South African who gave serve away five times from 13 chances offered to his rival. Despite hitting 13 aces, Anderson couldn't follow Rublev's pace in the shortest range up to four strokes, his only opportunity to score a better result against a much better baseliner.
Finding the rhythm behind the initial shot instantly, Andrey held at love in the first game and grabbed a break in the next one after a backhand error from the South African. The Russian confirmed the break with four winners in game three, controlling the pace and creating two more break chances at 4-1.
Kevin fended them off to remain within one break deficit before Andrey closed the opener with three winners at 5-3. Anderson couldn't find the way to impose his shots on the return in set number two either, spraying a backhand error in the first game to suffer a break and falling 4-1 behind thanks to a massive forehand error in game five.
Rublev landed four winners at 5-2 to close the set, opening two sets to love advantage in 57 minutes and looking good to seal the deal in the upcoming one. The youngster grabbed a break in the fifth game of the third set when Anderson hit a double fault, moving over the top with a return winner at 5-3 to race into the next round.
Andrey Rublev, Daniel Altmaier and Marton Fucsovics won in straight sets.
In the all-Spanish battle, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in three hours and 22 minutes, reaching the fourth round for the second time in Paris.
Pablo had the advantage in the shortest points, firing 11 aces and getting broken four times while hitting impressive 65 winners and 51 unforced errors. Bautista Agut couldn't follow that pace, allowing the US Open semi-finalist to break him seven times and finishing his Parisian journey in the third round, despite hitting more winners than unforced mistakes.
Carreno Busta recovered from a slow start to secure the opening set with a break in game nine, dominating in set number two to earn a double break and move closer to the finish line. With no room for errors, Bautista Agut claimed the third set 7-5 after almost 70 minutes, gathering momentum and forging a 4-2 advantage in set number four.
Instead of bringing it home, he faded from the court and allowed Pablo to rattle off four straight games, sealing the deal with a break at love in game ten. Ranked 186th, the German qualifier Daniel Altmaier became the fourth player since 2000 who reached the fourth round on his Major debut.
Daniel toppled the 7th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes, suffering only one break and producing four to race over the top in straight sets and continue his Parisian fairy tale. Marton Fucsovics defeated Thiago Monteiro 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 for his best result in Paris, facing Andrey Rublev in the battle for the quarter-final.