World No. 8 Andrey Rublev couldn't hide his happiness after beating Taylor Fritz in straight sets to make the Dubai quarterfinal. Rublev, seeded at No. 2, handed a 6-3 6-1 loss to Fritz in the Dubai round-of-16 on Wednesday.
“I’m really happy that I can win in straight sets, quite confidently. I know Taylor since [the] juniors and it’s always tough to play against him, because he has a huge serve and he’s playing really fast,” Rublev said.
“The first set was not even rallies because everything was serve, winner or serve, mistake, so everything was so fast. “In these conditions, it’s tough to find the rhythm. You don’t know what’s going to happen and it’s really not easy, but I’m happy that in the end I made it”.
Rublev absolutely dominated Fritz
The two players were tied at three games apiece before Rublev claimed back-to-back breaks to win the opener. In the second set, Rublev collected two breaks and lost no service games to seal a straight-set win.
“I think it’s not about 500s, it just happens,” Rublev said. “I’m really happy with my performance. I’m really happy that I’m playing and showing good results and we’ll see if I can keep working this way”.
Rublev has now won 22 consecutive matches at the ATP 500 level. “There is no secret [to my streak]. It just happened… I was not focused on this. It just happened that I did good in these [ATP 500] weeks and I am really happy,” said Rublev.
“We will see what is going to happen. Until [the media] started to write that I won 17 matches, 18 matches, 19 matches, I was not even realising that I did this. I am realising it now… I am really happy that it happened to me. I am really happy that I achieved something that Andy did, because it is not easy”.