Andrey Rublev is satisfied with his straight-set win over Nick Kyrgios on Saturday at the US Open. The Russian player said: "In the end, everything was today on my side. In the beginning I was thinking, 'I hope I can make it to a tie-break and I hope in three sets at least I will win one tie-break and maybe I will have a chance'
So when I won the first set in a tie-break I said, 'Phew, this is already really good'", said Rublev, who added: "Kyrgios has the best serve on tour, he is a great player:" Analyzing the key moments of the match, Rublev added: "The tie-break, even though it looks like 4/0 is a huge difference, if you win one point then make two good serves it's already 4/3.
And then 4/3 someone [can] get tight or a lucky return or unlucky serve or a lucky serve. It looks like a big advantage, but in the end it's not really. I won playing not good tennis, but [I made the final] just because I was fighting and I was a little bit lucky, I don’t know.
I still won [matches]. And this sometimes is even better, because this also gives you confidence that even playing your worst tennis, you know how to win. This is amazing because all the top players, they know how to do it when they are playing so bad, they still have enough level to [go] at least [at a] minimum [to the] middle of the tournament. They don’t need to play their best to go far and this is amazing. This gives you a lot of confidence”.