The game was originally scheduled for Thursday but was postponed due to heavy rain, forcing Rublev to win two games on Friday if he wants to reach the last four in Washington, DC.
In hot and humid conditions, the world No. 8 got off to a good start against serve and Valier Cressey, who forced the 24-year-old to continue producing high quality passes. “To be honest, this style is very difficult to manage because you have to be 100% focused; You never know what to expect,” said the DC 2018 semi-finalists.
Rublev dominated the first set, breaking the third game and earning his first 14 service points.
The breakthrough came in the second set when Cressey was leading 5/3 in the tie-break. The 6’6” former UCLA star hit the net after serving hard and putting consistent shots on the net for three set points. Cressey smashed straight at Rublev, who, despite being inside the baseline, pulled back another easy shot that hit Cressey wide.
Rublev later admitted he thought the second set was over when Cressey got a mini-break. “In my head, the second set was over, I would do my best to finish the second set and I would fight for the third game,” Rublev recalled.
After winning three titles this season (Marseille, Dubai, Belgrade), this week’s title will put Rublev level with the Spaniards. Rafael Nadal And Carlos Algaraz For most topics this year. He will continue his quest Open city When he adapts JJ is a wolf In the quarter-finals today. It was the first game for the top seed against the 23-year-old.
Wolf, a wildcard in Washington, DC, advances to his first tour-level quarterfinals after losing. Holkar Runes 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The former Ohio State standout has now climbed to 83rd in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings to win the last four matches.
Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios It took 14 minutes today to complete the last 16 against him Reilly Opelka. The game continued with Opelka trailing 1-2, 0/30. Kyrgios immediately showed his authority in the match by breaking up the game and never letting up the momentum as he secured a 7-6(1), 6-2 win.
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