Top seen Russia’s Andrey Rublev has made his way to the semifinals of the San Diego Open after putting an end to the goals of Brandon Nakashima and Diego Schwartzman. It did not take Andrey Rublev much effort to defeat Brandon or Diego. The sixth-seed could only manage to score once in the first round 1-6. In the second round, Diego tried to bridge the gap between the scores which were standing at 5-7, but Diego could not best Andrey despite his best efforts on Friday. This is the second time that Deigo has been outplayed by Andrey. The Russian defeated him in the recently concluded Laver Cup.
Later, Andrey Rublev mentioned how he regained his confidence and form after playing Diego at the Laver Cup. He was a little out of shape after not performing for a long time.
“The match against him at the Laver Cup helped me a lot because we hadn’t played for a really, really long time and I didn’t know what he was doing on court,” Rublev said. “The match at Laver Cup gave me confidence and also let me know how I needed to play today.”
On Saturday, Andrey took down Cameron Norrie of Britain. The Briton had previously defeated No. 4 Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-3, 6-1.
After the match ended, Andrey commented that he did find himself in a bit of a pickle when the scores were 4-3 and he made a technical mistake while serving.
“Was closer than it may have seemed, but the key moments and important points went my way today. The three times I broke him, the games were close and at 4-3 in the second I got into a little bit of trouble on my serve but I was able to serve out a close game.”
Andrey Rublev is sure that he still has what it takes to best the top players
Andrey had reached the quarters in Toronto and Cincinnati. This is his first semifinal on a hard court. Andrey is prepared for the next match that will see him face Bulgaria’s star player, Aslan Karatsev.