Second-seeded Although Andrey Rublev won against Ricardas Berankis in straight sets in Hamburg, he later said that Berankis was a difficult opponent. On Wednesday, Rublev advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hamburg tournament by defeating lucky loser Berankis 6-3, 6-4.
I think I did a good job. Ricardas is a very formidable competitor. On-court interview quotes Rublev as saying, “He hits the ball really hard and plays fast, so I had to bring intensity from the first game.” This is from the ATP website.
I was thrilled with my serving today, and I also had a fantastic baseline game. He played superbly in the game that led to his breaking me in the second set. I don’t think I made a single first serve against his aggressive returning.
But then I concentrated and immediately broke him again.
Rublev defeated Berankis in two straight sets.
Taking the first break of the match in the fourth game, Rublev jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Rublev earned the first break of the match and then fought off three consecutive break points in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead.
With Berankis serving in the eighth game, Rublev had three set points but failed to convert any of them, allowing Berankis to close the gap to 5-3. Rublev was unfazed by the fact that he had blown three set points earlier, as he went on to serve out the first set in the ninth game.
After taking the first set, Rublev started the second by breaking Berankis in the very first game. Berankis, despite being down a set and a break, continued to fight, breaking back Rublev in the sixth game to even the score at three games apiece in the second set.
It looked like Berankis was going to win the second set and force a third when Rublev broke for a 5-4 lead. Rublev easily won the match by serving it out in the tenth game. Rublev faces Bastad champion Francisco Cerundolo in the round of 16 in Hamburg. Cerundolo won Bastad last week.