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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.