Andrey Rublev stuns 11-time champion, Rafael Nadal, with records of 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday, April 16, 2021. Even after The Spaniard attempted to claw himself back to win the third set, however, Rublev immediately showed his eagerness to battle back as Nadal dominated the second set.
Rublev was relentless and easily broke Nadal at the start of the decipher as 34-year old Nadal looked exhausted. Rublev then battered his way into a 5-1 lead by breaking the infamous Nadal serve three times. Even when Nadal held his serve, yet Rublev finished the game off with a crushing forearm.
It is noted that this is Rublev’s first ever win against Rafael Nadal, and the first time to win a set.
As Rublev moved up for the semi-finals, he would have to compete for his way up against Casper Ruud from Norway, who also finished off 2019 Champion Fabio Fognini in a straight win record of 6-4, 6-3. On the other hand, Dan Evans, who also managed to beat the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, will play against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
This is Nadal’s first tournament after he loses to Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-finals, but during that tournament, Nadal didn’t show any signs of tiredness as he dropped 5 games in his opening two matches.
Rublev has his ultra-aggressive style that hinders Nadal from getting comfortable to perform his usual pattern, as he usually did in his previous games.
As of now, Nadal still had no answer to Rublev during the first set and his nearly close to defeating when Rublev came in for a double break in the second set. Even when The Spaniard came to respond fairly to Rublev’s gameplay, still the Russian’s aggressive and brute force tore down the 20-time Grand Slam champion.