Aus Open: Rublev beats wunderkind Rune with lucky net cord on match point | Tennis News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Australian Open: Andrey Rublev beats wunderkind Holger Rune with lucky net cord on match point

Reuters |
Jan 23, 2023 02:24 PM IST

Australian Open: Andrey Rublev had to rely on luck to beat rising star Holger Rune and reach the quarter-finals.

Andrey Rublev rallied back from the brink to dump Holger Rune out of the Australian Open and book a second quarter-final at Melbourne Park courtesy of a lucky net cord on match point that sealed a 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (11-9) cliffhanger on Monday.

Australian Open: Russia's Andrey Rublev greets Denmark's Holger Rune after winning their men's singles match on day eight.(AFP)
Australian Open: Russia's Andrey Rublev greets Denmark's Holger Rune after winning their men's singles match on day eight.(AFP)

Fifth seed Rublev had to do it the hard way, having been 5-2 down in the final set at Rod Laver Arena and needing to save two match points to take contest into a 10-point tiebreak of unrelenting tension.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

He slipped 5-0 behind in the breaker but roared back to lead 9-7 before ninth seed Rune saved two match points in a late twist.

Also Read | Australian Open: Linette upsets Garcia to reach first Grand Slam QF

It took the net cord to separate them, with Rublev's final return clipping the net and popping over on the third match point, leaving the Dane no chance.

"(Tennis is) not a rollercoaster, it's like they put a gun to your head," Rublev said on court.

"I think a rollercoaster is a lot easier, man."

"I never in my life was able to win matches like this, this was the first time in my life I was able to win a match like this.

Rublev will meet the winner of nine-times champion Novak Djokovic and home favourite Alex de Minaur, who play in the night session.

"No-one wants to face Novak, I'd rather be in any other part of the draw," added Rublev wryly.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On