In two expeditious rounds for his first match in the Masters 2020, Rafael Nadal did not tremble against an Andrey Rublev not up to the event.
Rafael Nadal did not make the trip to London to make up the figure. In search of his first success in the “Masters Tournament”, he who played two finals in 2010 and 2013, the Mallorcan started strong against Andrey Rublev, a neophyte at this level. If the start of the match turned out to be fairly balanced, with the first five games during which both the Spaniard and the Russian held their faceoffs quite easily, the situation changed in the sixth game.
Indeed, Rafael Nadal raised the tone and put his opponent in difficulty who, after missing two balls to win his service game, gave in on the second break point obtained by the world number 2. On a shutout, the native of Manacor concluded a well-conducted first round.
Rublev too tender
After the loss of this first round, a reaction was expected from Andrey Rublev. But the world number 8 was like absent subscribers on the court of an O2 Arena in London which sounded hollow because of the closed session imposed by the health crisis. Indeed, Rafael Nadal confirmed the ascendancy at the end of the first set by making the break at his third opportunity from the first game of the second set.
From then on, the fate of the match was sealed because the Russian was never able to put the “Manacor Bull” in difficulty on his faceoff and, with an acquired advantage, the latter did not force too much on the put into play of the Russian. Rafael Nadal ended the game with one last easy serve game (6-3, 6-4 in 1h19 ‘) to take the lead of the London 2020 Group. before meeting Dominic Thiem this Tuesday.