Australian Open 2021: Andrey Rublev proceeds to the Quarterfinals as Casper Ruud retires mid-match

Andrey Rublev moves to the next round after Casper Ruud retires.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Andrey Rublev of Russia plays a backhand hand in his Men's Singles second round match against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 11, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)
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Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev took on the Norwegian Casper Ruud in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2021. In the head to head, Rublev had the lead by two wins. The Norwegian player did his best to curb the Russian. However, due to certain injuries, he had to retire from the match, allowing Rublev to proceed to the next stage of the tournament.

Rublev set to face Medvedev in the quaterfinals

Rublev rushed ahead in the first set with two wins. Ruud fought back to recover the deficit but Rublev rushed ahead again by a win making it 3-2. He then further extended the lead to 4-2 and then won another game, thanks to a double fault from Ruud making it 5-2. Rublev took the set 6-2.

Rublev was able to keep a good lead in the next set as well. He had a 3-1 lead over Ruud. Ruud was however able to make it a tie at 3-3. Ruud then managed to get a lead of 5-3. However, Rublev equalized the score at 5-5 and then the tie got extended and went into a tie-breaker. Rublev won the tie-breaker to take the set for 7-6(3). Ruud had to take a retirement from the match due to an injury.

In the post-match interview, Rublev wished his opponent best of luck for recovery. And on his next opponent Medvedev, Rublev said that he is a good player and it’ll be a good match.

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