No. 2 seed Alexander Bublik thought he played well in his Astana Open quarterfinal match as he is now hoping to deliver a good performance in the semifinal as well. Bublik, the top-ranked player from Kazakhstan, saw off Spain's Carlos Taberner 6-3 6-4 to safely progress into the Nur-Sultan semifinal.
Bublik claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game, before serving out for the opener in the ninth game. After winning the first set, Bublik broke Taberner in the seventh game of the second set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win.
Bublik plays next Sonwoo Kwon. “A couple of matches helped,” Bublik said, per the ATP website. “I played doubles and singles yesterday. I served well and didn’t give up the chances I had. I was a bit lucky when he missed the overhead, but I am happy with the win and looking forward.
I just want to come on court [against Kwon] and show my best”.
Bublik having a great run in Nur-Sultan
“For me this is the first time I’ve played here, as a complete, healthy player,” Bublik said at the beginning of the week.
“It’s great when you arrive as one of the top seeds, it gives you a little confidence. “You did a good job if you’re the second seed near the end of the year. It means you’ve don’t a decent job throughout the year.
But I have to treat it like another tournament, to stay calm and try to perform, not putting too much pressure on [myself]." Bublik, 24, is one of the most attractive players on the Tour as his shot-making, spontaneity and unpredictability makes his opponents never knowing what to expect.
“I’m just being myself. When you’re trying to prove to somebody, to be like ‘this’, I think that’s fake. I just do whatever I want to do,” Bublik said, per the ATP website. “It’s simple, that’s the way I am. It’s just me."