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‘At night the conditions are way different. It’s super slow’, says Andrey Rublev

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World No. 8 Andrey Rublev has described the Miami Open conditions at night as slow, saying it is hard to hit winners.

The Russian defeated Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-1 in 54 minutes to reach the fourth round of the ATP Masters 1000 event. It was Rublev’s third win against the Hungarian this month.

Kei Nishikori – who lost in three sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas in a night session match – also commented on the slow conditions and difficulty to hit winners.

“We always have really tough matches. I think it was all the details,” Rublev said on beating Fucsovics in a post-match interview

“I was playing really well plus, I think that he played (his) second round (for) three hours against Thanasi Kokkinakis at night, (which) helped me a lot, because they finished really late.

“At night the conditions are way different. It’s super slow, it’s not that hot. It’s so tough to hit winners there. Everything is much slower.

“I was laughing, because of (the) situation and plus Marton also told me, ‘I don’t want to see you. I don’t want to see you,’ (It was) just a situation that (was) fun, and I feel sorry.”

The 23-year-old will take on Marin Cilic in the last 16.

“It’s going to be a really tough match, because we played a (few) times and all of them were really tough,” Rublev added on facing Cilic.

“He serves really well. He doesn’t give you rhythm from (the) baseline, because he tries to go for the shots.

“I need to bring a good level, and I need to be the one who is going to dictate (play).”


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