Andrey Rublev is into the third round of the Australian Open with a comfortable 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(8) win over Thiago Monteiro on John Cain Arena.
The Russian, fresh off an ATP Cup victory, has won all his six matches so far in 2021, dropping just the one set as he continues his impressive rise in men’s tennis.
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Despite a high number of unforced errors from Rublev (37), the 23-year-old’s crushing signature forehand proved too much for the left-handed Brazilian and he will now face Feliciano Lopez in the next round.
Rublev hit 45 winners on total and punished the 26-year-old world number 83 with his brutal serving. Rublev won 42 and 45 second love service games in the second and third sets.
He broke Monteiro only twice all match and came out on top in the match-deciding tie-break, taking it on his fourth match point.
Rublev: Forehand power since I was a kid
“It was really tough. I’ve trained with Thiago a couple of times. I played him once before and I lost to him so I knew it was going to be tough and physical. I was happy I could win it in straight sets.
“I’m feeling very well. Thankfully I have not played really long matches yet so physically I’m feeling great. Fully charged for the next round so we’ll see.
Since I was a kid I was going around my forehand and I was trying to hit so I guess the power comes from when I was a little boy. Nothing changes until now.
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