Andrey Rublev, 23 years old and No. 8 in the world, has submitted Rafa Nadal, 34 years old and No. 3, for 6-2, 4-6 and 6-2 in 2h.32 ‘. An exceptional match for the Muscovite, overwhelming in the first round and who overcame the heroic reaction of the clay king in the second round to decisively close one of his great victories.
The number 3 of the ATP ranking experienced one of his worst sets on clay, especially with a service that never accompanied him. Five double faults (seven on aggregate, same number of breaks suffered), continuous errors.
To @ROLEXMCMASTERS thriller! 🔥 @ AndreyRublev97 & @RafaelNadal put on a show 🤩 pic.twitter.com/BEIikPxWDd
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 16, 2021
He was continually angry because he did not understand that he was competing so badly. Yet true to his DNA, he never stopped looking for a crack in the rival wall.