Andrey Rublev steps on the accelerator again. The Russian recorded his 23rd victory of the season on Friday with the manner, since he dismissed in two sets (6-2, 7-5) and 1h31 of play Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals in Hamburg. A few days before the kick-off of Roland-Garros, he is thus full of confidence. In the last four, he will be opposed to the winner of the game between the French Ugo Humbert and the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
Sometimes you wonder how he manages to put so much energy into a court. During a set and a half on Friday, Andrey Rublev overwhelmed the yet very catchy Roberto Bautista Agut with his continual assaults. The Spaniard also had a lot of merit in the second round to hang on as he does to rebalance somewhat a first one-sided match. But the Russian gave a final blow of necklace which allowed him to avoid a last undecided act.
Tsitsipas is falling apart
Author of no less than 30 winning shots, Rublev especially did a lot of damage to the recovery, seizing six times the opposing service (in the space of two sets only). He martyred his rival on his second ball, taking the exchange to his forehand as quickly as possible. And if twice, he saw Bautista Agut make another break behind in the second round, he never deviated from his tactic of permanent aggression to stifle the Spaniard.
Stefanos Tsitsipas also followed suit and is clearly gaining momentum. He defeated Dusan Lajovic a little later at the end of a very beautiful quarter-final won in straight sets (7-6, 6-2) and 1h37 of play. In this match, everything was decided during a very tight first round where the Serbian even obtained more opportunities to break the Greek than the reverse (3 against 1) without succeeding.
Logically, the two players had to decide on the tie-break. Led 5 points to 3, Tsitsipas then further raised his level of play to align 4 points and tackle the lead. More and more pressing, he was able to take advantage of his positive dynamic to make three consecutive break in the second act (not releasing his serve once elsewhere) and escape the score. The quality of his shots only improved as the game went on. The US Open and Rome now seem to be behind him, that’s good, Roland-Garros is coming.