World No. 171 Elias Ymer left it all on the court against Andrey Rublev and he was glad with the mental strength he showed against one of the world's best players. Ymer, 25, entered the match as the big underdog but made Rublev work hard before falling short in three sets.
Rublev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, edged out Ymer 6-2 5-7 7-6 (3) in the opening rubber of the Sweden and Russia quarterfinal tie. Daniil Medvedev beat Mikael Ymer in the following rubber as Russia progressed into the semifinal.
"I gave it my all, I was competing very well mentally and I am proud of it, but one always wins," Ymer said, as revealed on Punto de Break. “Next time I will try again and I hope things turn out differently."
Rublev admitted Ymer pushed him hard
Rublev missed on multiple break points in the third set but dominated the tie-break to avoid a shock loss.
“Today was a super tough match,” Rublev said after the match. “I didn’t manage to finish the match when I had a really great chance. I missed some easy balls and that bring him back to the game and since that moment he raised his level.
He started to feel confident and he started to play much better and then it was 7-6 in the third”. After the match Rublev was asked about the pressure of playing a lower-ranked player. “The guys have nothing to lose, so they go for it, they go for their shots and play without fear and in my case I know I have to win so you start to play less aggressive and you start to miss a bit more.
You start to think more and as soon as you think more you have more problems. In the end I managed to win and that’s the most important thing”. Despite the loss, Ymer had a good run at the Davis Cup Finals as he beat Canadian Steven Diez and Kazakhhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.