Andrey Rublev (8e world) knocked out Rafael Nadal (3e ) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in 2:32, Friday in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo and can discover Casper Ruud (27e ) in the final sq..
The Spaniard didn’t present himself at the high of his recreation, committing many faults, however he was usually taken by the violent and exact blows of the Russian. The latter will play his second Masters 1000 semi-final after that of Miami earlier this month.
“For him, it must be incredibly difficult to play with this pressure of always having to win. I am shocked to see the level to which he can evolve despite this pressure. It’s much easier to play when you have nothing to lose, ”commented Rublev.
The defending champion swept away
After the exclusion of world No.2 Daniil Medvedev for a constructive Covid take a look at earlier than the begin of the event, then the elimination of No.1 Novak Djokovic the day earlier than in 8es remaining, Nadal is the third headliner to depart the Monegasque event.
The quarter-finals of this 2021 version of the Monte-Carlo Tournament received the higher of defending champion Fabio Fognini (18e ). The Italian was overwhelmed this Friday by the Norwegian Casper Ruud (27e ) 6-4, 6-3.
We will bear in mind the many unforced errors of the Italian, 33 in whole. Opposite, Rudd remained centered the whole time till the victory.
“It can be very surprising. He can put in winning points from anywhere on the court. So I am happy to have remained constant and to have succeeded in forcing him to strike the blow too much ”, welcomed the 22-year-old Norwegian.
In the different matches, Stefanos Tsitsipas (5e world) certified for the semi-finals following the retirement of his opponent Alejandro Davidovich (58e ) simply after dropping the first set 7-5. And the striker of Djokovic, Daniel Evans supplied the Belgian David Goffin 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.
ATP – Monte-Carlo
➤ Men’s singles (quarter-finals):
Evans (GBR) def. Goffin (BEL / N.11) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Tsitsipas (GRE / N.4) beats Davidovich (ESP) 7-5, 0-0 (retirement); Rublev (RUS / N.6) beats Nadal (ESP / N.3) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Ruud (NOR) beats Fognini (ITA / N.15) 6-4, 6-3