A strong performance from Rublev (despite a slight hiccup in the end), who only faced one deuce on his serve and no BPs. Sugita isn't much of challenge, but still a straightforward win is reassuring. 21 aces to 2 double faults is a great stat.
Yeah great run he's been on the last few months. He doesn't have a great deal of points to defend the first half of the year, not much on HC and he missed a good chunk of the clay swing, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's in the top 10 by Wimbledon, if not earlier.
I expected more from Sugita. I thought he would win a set or two even if he was going to lose, so a bit disappoitned. Nonetheless, Rublev played great. He was especially searving well the whole match giving Sugita no break points. Rublev definitely possesses one of the best forehands on the tour right now. It's so powerful and explosive. He can wit a winner off the wing from anywhere on the court. If he can overcome the inconsistecy that has been plaguing his young career, it will be only a matter of time for him to reach the top 5. Of course, the big question mark is whether or not he can maintaing the current form. He will definitely be tested in the next round, where he's likely to face Goffin, whose game could turn out a nightmere for Rublev, breaking his rhythm. Anyway, I'm disappointed in Sugita overall, but he semes to have gotten off to a good start this season. Losing in the second round of a GS tournament is an achivement for him from his standard. He was unluckly to draw the red hot Rublev, who is arguably the hottest player right now. I hope he will stay hearlthy and injury free for the rest of the year and reach the top 30 again.
Quite a few Russians in this section of the draw: Rublev, Medvedev, essentially Zverev, pity only one of them can reach the semis. I just wonder when Rublev runs out of gas - or is he on a "Medvedev USO run"?