French Open: Andrey Rublev back from brink to beat Querrey in five sets – tennis
The reduction was clear for Russian thirteenth seed Andrey Rublev as he got here back from the brink to beat American Sam Querrey in five sets on the French Open on Tuesday.
Trailing by two sets and 5-2 to the massive-serving Querrey it appeared as if Rublev was about to undergo an analogous first-spherical destiny to his fourth-seeded compatriot Daniil Medvedev.
The 22-12 months-outdated had by no means recovered a two-set deficit earlier than however confirmed unimaginable battle to regularly flip the match round and win 6-7(5) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 6-3 in three hours and 17 minutes.
What made his victory all of the extra outstanding was that when the event started on Sunday, Rublev was 900-km away in Hamburg beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to declare his third ATP title of the season which has seen him rocket up the rankings.
He arrived in Paris late on Sunday night and fortunately was allowed to use the destructive COVID-19 check he produced earlier than the Hamburg last to keep away from needing a 24-hour quarantine.
When he dinked an angled winner to lastly get previous Querrey he went down on his knees and bellowed into the Parisian murk.
It had not appeared doable an hour or so earlier when Querrey was dominating however Rublev, whose father was knowledgeable boxer, acquired off the ropes to triumph.
“When I lost the second set, then I was thinking it’s going to be really tough. When he broke me (in the third), I was completely sure it’s over,” he stated.
“Anyway, I’m happy that I’m alive and I have another opportunity to change this, one more chance to show different attitude, different game.”
Rublev’s first French Open match win sets him up for a second-spherical conflict with Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.