Russian Andrey Rublev says he kept encouraging himself to remain aggressive and play better during his fourth round win over Italian Matteo Berrettini at the US Open on Monday. Rublev scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over the No.
6 seeded Berrettini to avenge a loss to the Italian from last year's US Open Grand Slam tournament. Speaking to the press after his win, Rublev says, "Today he started really well. He was aggressive. He was the one who was dictating in the first set.
Then when I lost the first set, I just say to myself to keep fighting. If he's better today, he's better today. Keep fighting for every ball. In end I had little chance. I broke him somehow. I turn it all the way around. I start to play better.
Matteo start to feel I think little bit tight. Yeah, like normal match."
Andrey Rublev recalls junior days with Daniil Medvedev
Rublev will next meet fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev, who was the finalist from last year, for a spot in the semi-finals.
The two have a long history, right from their days on the junior circuit. "Both of us were crazy on court (laughter). Destroying the racquets, complaining... Yeah, what I remember from him, he was always one of the biggest fighter that I ever saw in my life since he was, I don't know, seven years old.
He could play lobs maybe hours just to win. I don't know. I remember we had few battles when we were completely kids, so yeah. I mean, I think when we were completely kids, like seven or eight years old, I won. Even I think at that time it was not even a real tournament.
It was just maybe club matches, like weekend matches. But, yeah, when we play already official matches, I think all of them he won. I don't know if we played juniors. I don't remember. But, yeah, the pro he won twice. We'll see.
It's going to be interesting." The 22 year old Andrey Rublev is through to the quarter-finals of the US Open for the second time in his career. He had also reached the quarter-finals in New York in 2017.