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‘I didn’t learn the lesson but I won somehow’, says Andrey Rublev after Barcelona Open battle

Andrey Rublev will face Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open today after battling past Albert-Ramos Vinolas.

The world No. 7 won 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 against the Spaniard in the third round of the ATP 500 tournament on Thursday. Rublev said he was “really angry” after beating Federico Gaio in the previous round, and his emotions were similar yesterday.

“(Smiling) Nothing change. I didn’t learn the lesson, but yeah in the end I won and the most important thing (is) I’m happy I managed to win somehow,” The Russian said in an on-court interview.

“For sure, when you are not doing something correct and you’re still winning the matches, it’s also a nice feeling that gives you confidence that maybe sometimes something can go wrong and you can still be able to win the match.

“But also, I mean I was a bit lucky because I think third set Albert was playing, especially in the beginning, much better than me.

“He (had) a couple of opportunities but yeah, in the end it’s tennis. You never know which way it’s going to go.”

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)

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