Andrey Rublev completes the double over Diego Schwartzman in San Diego
Andrey Rublev followed up his Laver Cup victory with yet another win against Argentine star Diego Schwartzman at the San Diego Open.
The Russian battled past Schwartzman 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals, after previously beating Brandon Nakashima in the round of 16.
Rublev, who was at his punishing best on his forehand side, feasted on the Argentine’s second serve winning 77% of the points.
Following the contest, the world number 5 said he used his Laver Cup victory last weekend to his advantage in their San Diego clash.
“The match against him at the Laver cup helped me a lot because we hadn’t played for a really, really long time and I didn’t know what he was doing on court,” Rublev said.
“The match at Laver Cup gave me confidence and also let me know how I needed to play today.”
Despite a dominant first set from the Russian, the second set was closely contested and looked set to go to a tie-break with Schwartzman 40-0 up on serve at 6-5.
However, Rublev reeled off five consecutive points to seal victory.
“The second set was very tough and enjoyable for the spectators to watch,” Rublev said. “Every game was really tough with amazing points and the set could have gone either way.”
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