Rublev lost his nerve – he grabbed the judge on the tower! There will be no Russian quarter-final
But Karatsev, in the same place, in Hamburg, made a comeback and will now compete for a ticket to the semifinals.
At Andrey Rublev in the match of the 2nd round of the tournament in Hamburg, they simply lost their nerves. He quarreled with the judge, called him names and at some point grabbed him, for which he received a penalty point. There will be no Russian quarter-final!
This week there is a major ATP-500 tournament in Hamburg, which was attended by three Russians – Andrei Rublev (2nd seed), Karen Khachanov (7) and Aslan Karatsev. And all of them successfully overcame the barrier of the first round. Khachanov barely coped with the German tennis player Jan-Lennard Struff, defeating him only in the tie-break of the 3rd set. Karatsev defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili (6) from Georgia in an hour, hitting him with an offensive “steering wheel” in the second set. But Rublev was originally supposed to play with Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan, but reached the final in Newport, USA and refused to fly to Europe. So Andriy got lucky-loser Richardas Berankis as a replacement and confidently dealt with him in two sets.
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Andrey after the match said about him: “I am satisfied with my performance. Richardas is a very strong player. He hits the ball very hard and plays fast, so I had to get into the game right away. I’m happy with the way I served today and the fact that I landed some great shots from the back line. In the second set the opponent played very well. He played very aggressively. But then I focused and broke again.”
On Thursday, Karatsev was the first to enter the court, who was opposed by the 113th number of the world classification Daniel-Elai Galan from Colombia, who got into the base through qualification. Aslan did not immediately enter the game and allowed the opponent to make a reserve on the score – 3:0. The Russian could not even get to the break point until the end of the game and lost 3:6 in 37 minutes. Only at the beginning of the second set Karatsev for the first time got close to someone else’s serve, and in the 6th game he nevertheless achieved the first break – 4:2. This reserve was enough to equalize the score on the parties, and then bring the match to victory – 3:6, 6:3, 6:4. So Aslan was able to achieve a comeback and reach the 1/4 finals for the second week in a row.
His opponent was determined in the match between Francisco Serundolo and Andrey Rublev. Serundolo is one of last week’s triumphs: he won the title in Bostad and on the way to this victory he knocked out Karatsev from the grid in the 1/4 finals. Rublev has not yet played with Serundolo in front of Hamburg, but the honored coach of Russia Viktor Yanchuk, in an interview with the Championship, said that this opponent was within the power of the Russian: “I had no doubts about Rublev. At this level, he plays confidently, usually beating those below him in rating. Another thing is those who are above him. It is still difficult for Rublev to deal with them. This is not surprising. But the victory over Serundolo is worthy of his level. I think he will go unbeaten to the semi-finals or finals.”
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Andrei started the match confidently, led with a 3-0 break and almost made the second in a row. It should be noted that the weather in Hamburg has changed dramatically, and yesterday’s heat was replaced by coolness and rain. The organizers were forced to close the roof of the stadium. Not having finished the opponent in the 4th game, in the next Rublev began to rapidly lose point by point. At that moment, the Russian showed dissatisfaction with the decision of the judge on the tower, who considered the spectator’s cry as an obstacle to the rally and awarded a replay. Andrei went to prove that the opponent had already lost the point, but received a warning in response. As a result, the Russian lost this game at zero – 3:2. But even worse, Rublev lost his nerve and at one of the transitions, cursing with the referee, he grabbed him. For this, a point was removed from the tennis player in the next game. The supervisor came to the site, to whom Andrey again retold the whole story, but he did not prove his case.
Rublev freaked out, was nervous and missed the end of the set – 6:4. At the beginning of the second game, Andrei could not calm down, he immediately gave up his serve. The irritation of the Russian did not end. He bit the ball, hit his leg with a racket, so as not to receive new penalties. But the main thing is that the game never returned to him, and in the middle of the game he allowed his opponent to make another break (4:1) and lost in an hour and a half – 4:6, 2:6.
So Andrei Rublev could not continue his winning streak in Hamburg. Recall that in 2020 he became the champion here, and in 2021 he missed the tournament due to the Olympics. Well, Serundolo just continues to play without losses. After the title in Båstad, he is already in the 1/4 finals of Hamburg. There, he will get Aslan Karatsev as rivals, but the expected Russian quarterfinal did not work out that way.