ATP Masters London – Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev in three sets, Thiem qualified in half

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We already know the identity of an eliminated from the Masters of London. While playing his skin against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, winner of five tournaments this year, never recovered from his failed first set. If he ended up putting up a good resistance to an intermittent Greek, even obtaining a match point in the decisive tie-break, he ended up losing in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (6)) and 1h55 of play. Thanks to this victory, Tsitsipas offers himself a final against Rafael Nadal for a place in the last four. Another consequence, Dominic Thiem is already qualified for the last four.

Tsitsipas and Rublev gave us a funny match during the second round of the London group. The Greek, very solid from the start on his service, and more generally on the whole of the meeting, folded the first set in 19 small minutes (6-1), converting his first two break points to torture a Rublev unrecognizable and in delicacy on his serve (40% in the first set). The winner of the 2019 edition seemed to be heading for an easy victory. This was without counting the reaction of pride of the Russian, who found his first ball (66% in the second round) and was completely free to finally show resistance.

Tsitsipas on alternating current

If he still had to save two break points in the second set, Rublev had the nerve to convert his very first of the game, allowing him to equalize in one set everywhere. It looked like a heist from a fickle player. But he was able to be opportunistic against Tsitsipas, who physically picked up at the worst time (4-6). The Greek can long blame himself for not having folded the case earlier, wasting five more break points in the third set more hung. What offer us a tie break in this cleaver and stingy face-to-face in long exchanges.

The tie break will have been like the confrontation, strange. A mixture of missed opportunities and haste, like Rublev’s double fault when he did indeed have the opportunity to turn things around for good. It is ultimately Tsitsipas, boss, who obtained the victory at the end of the suspense (7-6 (6)). Thanks to this success which almost slipped through his fingers, he preserves his chances of retaining his title. But he will have to beat a vengeful Rafael Nadal after his loss to Dominic Thiem. For Andrey Rublev, the adventure ends here with the feeling that the step was perhaps a little too high.

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