No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev is not taking former world No. 3 Marin Cilic for granted ahead of their Miami Masters clash as he remembers they have had some tight battles in the past. Rublev, ranked at a career-high ranking of No.
8 in the world, and world No. 45 Cilic will be battling for a quarterfinal place at the Miami when they meet on Tuesday. The head-to-head record between the two stands on Rublev's side as he leads 2-1. Cilic needed three sets to beat Rublev when they meet for the first time in Geneva in 2015 but Rublev won their last two meetings, which came in 2019 at the Miami Masters and Moscow.
Rublev and Cilic also met at the Adria Tour last summer and the Russian claimed a win. "We know each other really well, and all the matches were like a drama, was always mental things. So it's gonna be tough," Rublev said of facing Cilic, per Ravi Ubha.
Rublev happy he can play tennis during the pandemic
"You have to get used to tournament bubbles, that's the reality. I'm happy we can play at all! 5 months without tournaments, it was hard. Some lost their job, others took pay cuts & we, tennis players, can travel, play tournaments despite closed borders.
We are very lucky!" Rublev said in Miami. Meanwhile, top-ranked Argentine Diego Schwartzman compared rising American star Sebastian Korda to former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych ahead of their Miami clash. Korda, 20, has been playing great tennis in Miami as so far he has beaten Radu Albot, Fabio Fognini and Aslan Karatsev to book a round-of-16 meeting with Schwartzman.
"I'm watching him and I think he's similar to Berdych, how he moves, how he hit the ball.
I saw him, I really see him very similar to Tomas," Schwartzman said of Korda ahead of their matchup.