On Wednesday, top seed Andrei Rublev competed in the San Diego Open. He did not give Russian Brandon Nakashima a chance. He already knows who he will meet in the quarter-finals.
Getty Images / Carmen Mandato / Pictured: Andrej Roblo
On Sunday, Andrei Rublev played in Boston, where he won the Laver Cup with the European team. After the conflict ended, the 23-year-old Muscovite flew several thousand kilometers and landed in San Diego. In the first round, he received a farewell, in the second, 20-year-old Brandon Nakashima stood in his way. However, the American did not resist the Russian and after 63 minutes he lost smoothly 2: 6, 1: 6.
– I know Nakashima is a very good player, so I felt right from the start that I had to be the one controlling the field. I tried to hit a forehand and dictate the terms. Everything was going my way, I was playing better with the gem game. She managed to win a lot of confidence – said Rublev during an interview in court (citing atptour.com).
And on Friday, Diego Schwartzman will be an opponent of the top-ranked Russians in San Diego. The Argentine turned the tide and beat South African Lloyd Harris 4:6, 6:3, 6:2. The quarter-final promises to be very interesting. Both gentlemen just faced the Laver Cup. In Boston, Robloo was better, but four years ago Schwartzman beat Roland Garros, so the balance of rivalry between them is tied.
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– I think I played a good game. Harris served great and I didn’t have much chance of breaking it. In the second set, I tried to stay in the match. I managed to go back and break his order. When I score a break, it gives me a lot of confidence, and the opponent loses a little patience, so it’s always worth waiting for opportunities – the Argentine admitted.
The last singles first round matches were also held on Wednesday. Hubert Hurkacz defeated Australian Alex Bolt 7:6(2), 6:1 (more here). On the other hand, eight-ranked Daniel Evans escaped the pressure of Kevin Anderson of South Africa. The Briton defeated the former fifth world tennis player 7:6 (11), 7:5 and thanks to that he will meet his compatriot Cameron Norrie on Thursday. Evans will have a chance to rematch after being defeated in the first round of this year’s Australian Open.
San Diego OpenSan Diego (USA)
ATP 250, hard courts, 600k prize pool. dollar
Wednesday 29th September
Second round of singles:
Andrey Rublev (Russia, 1) beat Brandon Nakashima (USA) 6-2, 6-1.
Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 6) – Lloyd Harris (RPA) 4:6, 6:3, 6:2
First round of singles:
Daniel Evans (UK 8) beat Kevin Anderson (South Africa L.P.) 7-6 (11) 7-5
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