“He Doesn’t Give You Rhythm”: Andrey Rublev Looks Ahead of Showdown With Marin Cilic at Miami Open 2021


Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

Russian tennis sensation Andrey Rublev reached the fourth round of the Miami Open for the first time after a comfortable win (6-2, 6-1) over his well-wisher and No.29 seed Marton Fucsovics.

The Conditions Are Way Different At Night, says Andrey Rublev

Within two weeks of span, Rublev defeated Fucsovics in straight sets for the second time. No.4 seed Russian took merely 52-minutes to power past in-form Hungarian to register his 18th victory of the season. 

“We always have really tough matches. I think it was all the details. I was playing really well plus, I think that he played (his) second round (for) three hours against Thanasi Kokkinakis at night, (which) helped me a lot because they finished really late.” Rublev stated in the post-match interview. 

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Andrey Rublev leads Marton Fucsovics 4-1 in their head-to-head series. The 23-year-old from Moscow continued, “At night, the conditions are way different. It’s super slow. It’s not that hot. It’s so tough to hit winners there. Everything is much slower.”

“Going To Be A Really Tough Match”: Rublev on Facing Cilic 

World No.8 Rublev will now lock horns with the former US Open champion Marin Cilic for a quarterfinal berth. The 32-year-old Croatian is known for his fast serves and powerful ground-strokes in the men’s game. 

Former World No.3 Cilic has advanced into the Round of 16 in Miami for the fourth time after stopping the NextGen Lorenzo Musetti’s progress in straight sets(6-3, 6-4). 

When asking about his next round match, Rublev said, “It’s going to be a really tough match because we played a (few) times, and all of them were really tough. He(Cilic) serves really well. He doesn’t give you rhythm from (the) baseline because he tries to go for the shots.”

“I need to bring a good level, and I need to be the one who is going to dictate (play)”, the 2021 Rotterdam Open title winner added. 

Andrey Rublev leads Marin Cilic 2-1 in their head-to-head record. Notably, a qualifier Russian upset No.9 seeded Croatian in straight sets at the 2019 Miami Open second round.

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