World No. 5 Andrey Rublev admitted he was a bit lucky to beat top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman at the Laver Cup. Rublev, who represents Team Europe, recovered from a set down to beat Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 11-9 in the third match of Friday's programme.
A match earlier, Team Europe's Matteo Berrettini also recovered from a set down to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime of Team World. “When you have a third-set super tiebreak, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Rublev, who overcame 31 unforced errors on the night.
“Today, we were a bit luckier. It was so close. Diego was leading the tiebreak, but I found a way to win. It happens. This is tennis. This is sport. Someone has to win, someone has to lose”.
Schwartzman was confident he could beat Rublev
Schwartzman's favorite surface is clay but he thought he could play well against Rublev on the hard courts of Laver Cup.
"Well, I think the conditions are good for me. The courts are slow this year. I felt great in a few practices I have had so far. I have to be ready for tommorow. Andrey Rublev has big shots, he is playing very fast... Under these conditions I will have an opportunity to get rolling on the points.
Let's see what happens tommorow but conditions are good for me," Schwartzman said before the match. Rublev started the match with a break but then dropped his serve in back-to-back games. Schwartzman also got broken back in the sixth game but broke Rublev again in the ninth game, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
Rublev blew an early second set break but broke Schwartzman again in the eighth game and served out for a decider in the ninth game. Schwartzman was up 6-2 and later 8-5 in the match tie-break but even that wasn't enough for him to seal the win as Rublev converted his second match point to complete a comeback win.