Rublev has won lots of ATP 500 tournaments especially in 2020 but so far hasn’t quite managed to make that step up to the 1000s and beyond. Well he will get another chance at it in Cinci after a hard won victory over Daniil Medvedev his countryman. After the first set looked as though Medvedev will breeze through with Andrey not quite finding his range with his shots. Watching 3-1(40-30) his mind wasn’t quite ready to face the world number 2. Already a break down he plays a forehand long under no pressure to go down a double break. In a sign of things to come later in the match he did break back straight after. The lob at 4-2(30-15) was just the tonic needed to regain that confidence,no margin for error there judging from Hawkeye.
Sadly for Rublev , Daniil got the double break straight back, Medvedev’s specialty forehand with conviction doing the business. In the second set Daniil brought out the money shots, check out the defensive forehand shot cum passing shot at 3-2(15-15). Kept an eye on the ball never giving up on the point. Rublev getting the all important break in the eight game , with Daniil coming to the net often, Andrey’s passing shots getting the job done.