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Rublev stuns Nadal in Monte Carlo Masters


MONACO — Andrey Rublev produced an audacious display of attacking tennis to hand record 11-time champion Rafael Nadal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 defeat in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfin­als.

The sixth-seeded Russian might have won even more convincing­ly, with Nadal saving break points at 3-1 down in the second set.

Nadal clawed his way back to win that set and seemed to have settled down, but Rublev broke him immediatel­y at the start of the decider in which the 34-year-old Nadal looked very tired.

Rublev clinched his first win against third-seeded Nadal on his first match point with a typically powerful winner on forehand, a weapon Nadal struggled to contain all match.

Rublev’s next opponent is unseeded Norwegian Casper Ruud, who also beat a former champion by knocking out 2019 winner Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4, 6-3.

The coronaviru­s pandemic has led to the cancellati­on of the Cologne Open and the grass-court tournament in Den Bosch. The WTA calendar changes were announced Friday.

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