Andrey Rublev pulled a leaf from the Cameron Norrie playbook on Monday at the US Open, where the hard-hitting ninth seed delivered a rock-solid fourth round, beating the Briton 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in New York. York.
Rublev consistently struck from the deep and was clinical with his chances of coming back as he took advantage of an unusually quirky performance from seventh-seeded Norrie to take a two-hour, 26-minute win and reach his fifth Grand Slam quarter-final. to achieve. The 24-year-old sacked 30 winners and made just 17 unforced errors en route to beating a Top 10 opponent at the US Open for the fourth time.
“It was tough, especially since we’ve known each other for a long time,” Rublev said in his court interview. “The last time he beat me, of course I came on the track thinking I had to do my best, play really well and I think I played a good game today.
“Cameron may have been a little tired because at times he helped me, but this is the US Open, this is a Grand Slam and everyone is nervous, everyone is tight, everyone wants to win. So this is normal. In the end I was able to win in three sets and I am very happy with that.”
The win moves Rublev to his third quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows, where he now holds a 17-6 record. Should four-time champion Rafael Nadal be victorious against Frances Tiafoe at Arthur Ashe Stadium later on Monday, Rublev will face the same opponent as in his quarter-final in 2017, when he lost to the Spaniard in straight sets. Still, Rublev mainly focuses on his own game, as he aims for a first Grand Slam quarter-final win on the sixth attempt.
“Until now I didn’t think about it because I had to play today,” said Rublev. “If I have time I will of course try to watch because it will be Rafa or Tiafoe in my next match so I have to see how they play. But if I don’t have time I just prepare for the next game and that is it then.”
Rublev and Norrie looked set to meet by nice margins after the service dominated the opening exchanges of their third tour-level meeting. However, Rublev remained solid on both wings to pressure Norrie into a series of errors in the ninth game, as he converted the first break point of the match en route to the first set in grueling damp New York conditions.
Even the distraction of some inclement weather rushing into the Louis Armstrong Stadium couldn’t shake Rublev, who had to wait a short rain delay as he led 3-2 with a break in the second set, then again a game later as the roof of the stadium was closed. The ninth seed picked up where he left off on resumption, serving consistently with precision to advance two sets.
Rublev finished the game 79 percent (46/58) points behind his first serve, reflecting how confident the 11-time touring champion hit the ball. The only drop in his level came in the third set, when Norrie regained his composure to regain a break and take a 4-3 lead. Rublev’s reaction was quick as he played three games in a row behind some signature massive forehands to seal an impressive win.