Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has underlined that he is taking it match by match in Halle but he hopes to win it all. Rublev, the second best-ranked Russian tennis player, handed a 6-4 6-4 loss to Jordan Thompson in the Halle round-of-16.
Rublev claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the way to win the opener. In the second set, Rublev blew an early break but broke Thompson again in the seventh game and this time held on to his serve to seal a straight-set win.
“I just want to keep going match-by-match and I’m happy to be through to the quarter-finals for the second time,” said Rublev, who struck 20 winners past Thompson. “Winning two matches against tough players [also Karen Khachanov in the first round] is a positive and I want to get more confidence on the surface”.
Rublev plays Philipp Kohschreiber next
Rublev will be battling home favorite Kohlschreiber for a place in the Halle semifinal. Meanwhile, Felix Auger-Aliassime recovered from a set down to beat Roger Federer 4-6 6-3 6-2 and reach the Halle quarterfinal.
"It’s a great victory, it’s good for my confidence. It was already a great challenge for me to play a player like Roger, but to beat him, it’s a great thing," Auger-Aliassime said. "It makes me really happy.
But at the end, it’s the quarter-finals in two days. "If it was the final, then I’d be really happy… it’s another step in the tournament, it’s a great match, so hopefully I can keep on going like that.
"In the first set, I didn’t think I could have played much better outside of just missing one forehand in my service game and then he hit two amazing passing shots and I was just like 'Whoa. I understand how good he is and how good he was when he was No. 1 in the world, so it was tough."