The in-form Russian Andrey Rublev has pulled off a big upset today, ending Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo title with a three-set win over our champ in the quarterfinal. Our champ lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the match that lasted two hours and 32 minutes.
Rublev won the first set in 38 minutes but our champ then pocketed the last four games of the 73-minute second set to level the contest. In the decider, Rublev held his nerve, breaking Rafa three times on his way to a famous win.
After the match, Rafa said:
For some reason I had problems with my serve. I don’t know understand why because I was not having problems on the practices at all. But today was one of these days that my serve was a disaster.
He played well. That’s true. He played great. He played aggressive, as I knew. Well done for him. Happy for him. He’s a great guy. Wish him all the best.
I think my backhand today was not enough well. Lots of mistakes. I was not able to open the court with my backhand then.
I’m always sad to lose here. It’s an important one for me. I missed an opportunity… but I can’t complain. The only thing I can do is go to Barcelona, keep practising and fix the things that didn’t work well.