Rublev overtakes Shapovalov at US Open (VIDEO) – RT Sport News


Russian Andrey Rublev completed the fourth round of the US Open after emerging top in a thrilling five-set epic against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday night in New York.

The titanic encounter, which lasted four hours and ten minutes, saw ninth seed Rublev emerge after a thrilling final set in which he wasted three match points on his own serve at 5-4 in the final set to bringing home victory. and advancing to the fourth round of the final Grand Slam event of the year.

Rublev, 24, was clearly delighted with the result once it was confirmed, falling to the ground middle finger on the hard court in joy after going 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(3), 6 -4, 7-6 (10-7) wins with his fifth match point.

The Russian star rocketed 38 winners past Shapovalov throughout the encounter as the Canadian began to struggle with his first serve as the game wore on – and as he appeared to be stabilizing the ship towards the closing stages of the match, Rublev finally refused to waste the momentum. he had established and claimed what was a well deserved victory.

The two players embraced in midfield after Rublev picked up the win, with the Russian congratulating the world No. 21 on his efforts in the epic fight.

Rublev had already emerged from a five-set match in his first-round clash with Laslo Djere, and now holds a 2-1 advantage in the winning sets at the Grand Slam event.

The Moscow man will next face Britain’s Cameron Norrie in Monday’s round of 16 after the seventh seed beat Holger Rune in straight sets, also on Saturday.

If Rublev gets the win against the Briton, it will equal his career-best performance at the US Open after already advancing to the quarter-finals in 2017 and 2020.

Two years ago, Rublev beat Matteo Berrettini to secure his place in the last eight of the tournament.

And if he goes all the way, it would represent a first-ever Grand Slam victory for the Russian star, who would come after already winning tour-level events in Marseille, Dubai and Belgrade this season.

Obviously, it was a crazy game. Obviously Denis deserved to win too, as we all knowRublev said afterwards.

We both deserved to win. [After] you play this kind of matches, there is no winner, in my opinion.”

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