Rublev’s opponent “melted” in the heat. The Russian began a campaign for the last clay title

Daniil Salnikov

Daniil Salnikov

Rublev advanced to the 2nd round at the tournament in Hamburg

At the prestigious tournament in Hamburg, Andrei Rublev confidently outplayed the Lithuanian Berankis.

Andrey Rublev started the campaign for his last clay title this season with a victory. His opponent – Lithuanian Richardas Berankis “melted” in the heat, feeling out of sorts, and lost in straight sets.

The biggest tournament in the third week of July is held in Hamburg. For men, this is the ATP-500 category, and for women, it is WTA-250. In fact, this is the most impressive competition during the short dirt stretch in the middle of summer. The men’s grid was headed by 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaras, whom many experts vied with each other to promise a great tennis future – no worse than Nadal’s. By the way, Alcaraz with great difficulty overcame the first round of Hamburg, only on the tie-break of the 3rd set, having coped with another compatriot Nikola Kun. As for the Russians, 3 tennis players got into the main draw according to the rating – Andrey Rublev (2nd seed), Karen Khachanov (7) and Aslan Karatsev.

Khachanov at the start in a difficult fight coped with the owner of the wild card Jan-Lennard Struff – 3:6, 6:3, 7:6, but Karatsev defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia in an hour, hanging him in the 2nd set with an offensive “steering wheel “- 6:4, 6:0. It seems that Aslan is gradually starting to regain his former confidence, which he completely lost after the January trip to Australia.

Rublev arrived in Hamburg from Bostad, where he reached the 1/2 finals. There, the Russian in all respects lost to the Argentinean Sebastian Baez. In general, Andrey in this match was excited, nervous, the whole fight was shouting, swearing at the racket and even received a warning from the referee. In Hamburg, Andrei should feel more comfortable, because here he won the title in 2020 and reached the final in 2019. By the way, in 2021, the Russian missed this competition due to preparations for the Olympics, but in general, he has a rather impressive win-loss ratio in this German city – 9-2.

Rublev screamed, but did not reach the final!  And the next match he has with Bublik - will there be a show?
Rublev screamed, but did not reach the final! And the next match he has with Bublik – will there be a show?

Rublev was supposed to start the tournament in Hamburg 2022 with a duel with Alexander Bublik, representing Kazakhstan. Due to the fact that Bublik made it to the final at the grass tournament in Newport last week, their match with Rublev was scheduled for Wednesday. However, at the last moment, Alexander decided to withdraw from Hamburg and not return to Europe before the American hard. Thus, Andrey got Lucky-Loser Ricardas Berankis from Lithuania as his rival. Opponents have met twice before, and both times Rublev celebrated the victory – in St. Petersburg – 2019 and at the Australian Open – 2022.

Rublev beat the Big Three!  All Russian victories over Djokovic, Nadal and Federer
Rublev beat the Big Three! All Russian victories over Djokovic, Nadal and Federer

At the beginning of the match, the tennis players clearly kept their feeds, but already in the 4th game, Rublev made a break. Berankis immediately earned a triple break point, but failed to realize it – 4:1. In the 8th game, on the serve of Richardas, the Russian had three set points, which he could not convert. However, Andriy succeeded on his serve – 6:3 in 36 minutes. Rublev started the second game with a break and created a comfortable margin – 2:0. But the opponent was nervous, and at the transition he even threw an ice pack that was not suitable for him on the ground, saying that he had melted. The judge even went down from the tower and found him a new one. Perhaps this outburst of negative energy helped the Lithuanian, and after a couple of games he achieved a reverse break – 3:3. Well, at the end of the set, Andrei was able to add more and bring the match to victory – 6:3, 6:4 in 1 hour and 13 minutes. The heat and the scorching sun did not bother him at all.

This is how Andrey Rublev successfully started at the tournament in Hamburg and now in the 2nd round he will play with the champion of Bostad – the Argentinean Francisco Serundolo. Karatsev will fight Colombian Daniel-Elai Galan, and Khachanov will face Italian Fabio Fognini, who has just won his 400th victory in his professional career. All of these fights will take place on Thursday.

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