John McEnroe: "Andrey Rublev deserves the semi-final"

The American hopes the Russian moves on to beat Jannik Sinner to get his 1st Slam semifinal

by Lorenzo Ciotti
John McEnroe: "Andrey Rublev deserves the semi-final"
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"Jannik Sinner had a surreal season last year and he's off to a good start now. He beat me the last time we played each other, I don't know what to say. I think I'm in trouble. I'll try to do my best and we'll see what happens . I hope I can put him in trouble. Curious expressions during the match? I don't know what goes through my head. Sometimes it feels like a horror movie. I go through so many ups and downs in my mind."

With these words, Andrey Rublev presented the challenge that will begin in a few minutes in Melbourne against Jannik Sinner, valid for access to the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2024.

While waiting for the end of the first quarter-final between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz (Nole leads 2-1), in a few minutes the match between the Italian and the Russian, second quarter-final of the Australian Open, will begin.

Rublev is also still looking for his first semi-final in a Major, after 9 defeats in the quarterfinals of the Slams. A real curse that tomorrow he will try to dispel. But the task will certainly not be easy. Sinner is experiencing a truly enviable moment of form and his aim is to reach the end of the Australian Major.

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McEnore wishes Rublev to get the semifinal

John McEnroe, former American tennis legend, now commentator for Eurosport, spoke about this strange curse involving the Russian. In congratulating him after the battle won against the Australian player Alex De Minaur, McEnroe said he was hopeful to see him among the last four for the first time to compete for the prestigious title.

"Unfortunately he is up against one of the fittest players on the tour at the moment, so it is a very difficult task to ask Rublev to qualify for his first Grand Slam semi-final. I have known him since he was a child, he has always been up to the task, he has always had a lot of energy, he is very well liked in the dressing room, he has a lot of respect for the other players. He has a record of zero wins and nine losses in Grand Slam quarterfinals, so maybe the tenth time he will be luckier, if he deserves it," he told.

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