Andrey Rublev has set up a quarterfinal clash with Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters, and admits he doesn’t think the experience will be pleasant.
Rublev defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in a three set thriller, eventually winning 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3 in a epic battle lasting just under three hours.
In contract, Nadal has reached the quarter-final after losing only five games across his first two matches and will enter the clash much fresher.
The Spaniard will certainly have the upper hand, not only for his prowess on clay, but having won the Monte-Carlo title an impressive eleven times, meanwhile Rublev has never gone further than the round of 32 in 2018.
The pair have only played each other twice before, both on hard court, with Nadal winning both encounters so far, but Rublev has hit good form in recent months and is hoping he can put up a good ‘fight’.
When asked if he was excited about the upcoming tie versus Nadal, Rublev gave a long pause before replying “not really (laughs).”
Interviewer: How exciting is it to play Rafa on clay?
Rublev: Not really
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 15, 2021
Rublev went on to say that he is looking forward to the tie and the fact that the pressure won’t be on him.
“Facing Nadal tomorrow will not be a pleasant experience. But I am looking forward to that and I want to deliver my game.
“It has already been a good week so there will not be a lot of pressure but I will fight.”
Andrey Rublev to Eurosport: “Facing Nadal tomorrow will not be a pleasant experience. But I am looking forward to that and I want to deliver my game. It has already been a good week so there will not be a lot of pressure but I will fight.”
— Luigi Gatto (@gigicat7_) April 15, 2021
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