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‘Facing Rafa Nadal in Monte Carlo will not be a pleasant experience’, admits Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev said facing Rafael Nadal on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters “will not be a pleasant experience” ahead of their quarter-final clash.

The Russian defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3 in the third round, while Nadal dismantled Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-1.

“Facing Nadal tomorrow will not be a pleasant experience. But I am looking forward to that and I want to deliver my game,” Rublev said in an interview with Eurosport.

“It has already been a good week so there will not be a lot of pressure but I will fight.”

The world No. 8 also replied “not really” – before laughing – when asked in an on-court interview how exciting a prospect it was to face Nadal on clay.

The Spaniard is an 11-time champion at the Monte Carlo Masters. Rublev has been unable to win a set in the pair’s two previous meetings – both on hard courts.

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)

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