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After 2 sets: Tennis' heart is bleeding.
After the match: Tennis breathes a HUGE sigh of relief.

One thing just has to be said for Rublev:
One has to admire Rublev's constant fight, never giving up, wearing his heart on his sleeve out there... he isn't too prideful to lose leaving every single sweat out there. Even in the face of two cruel close lost sets against a free swinging unbothered servebot, in the R1 of a slam he should make the QF in.

And that's partially why he didn't end up another shock R1 upset.

Querrey of course through 3 sets got broken 4 times, all 4 times while serving for the set, and then a 5th time when serving against it.

The first 3 didn't matter in the end because he re-peaked in the tiebreaks to win them, but eventually he couldn't dig himself out of the hole anymore.

Querrey's serve+baseline peak faded away set 4 onwards, but he remained tough by serving big and occasional winners, keeping the pressure up for some time.

Undermentioned that Rublev is mentally very stable.

Doesn't get rattled and continues executing. Sticks to the game plan.



The beautiful emotions giving meaning to it all.

He was down and out, probably semi content with it, but kept clawing...
 

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Needing 5 sets and almost losing to Sam Querrey on a clay court after 3 hours and 20 minutes?? This result shows me that Rublev isn’t going to do much this tournament and is really easy to beat.
 

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Up 5-2 in the first, 5-1 on the second and 5-2 again the the third, very big troll this Samantha.

 

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Needing 5 sets and almost losing to Sam Querrey on a clay court after 3 hours and 20 minutes?? This result shows me that Rublev isn’t going to do much this tournament and is really easy to beat.
Some players can't even take Slamrey to 5 sets...
 

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Nice celebration 🥰

What a comeback, hopefully he makes the SF now (y)
Hope no.Shapo is a better player right now and more pleasant to watch
 
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That was one hard-fought victory for Rublev. Querrey was playing pretty well, he was even serving for the match in the third set but predictably choked and started serving like shit. Rublev did well to jump on the opportunity though.

I hope Rublev can recover now but he has to be physically completely out of it since he already played a lot of tennis in Hamburg.
 

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Choke for the ages from Querrey. Incredible truly. Had it on his racquet multiple times. On the contrary have to laud Rublev for his fighting spirit. Dug deep.
 

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Great victory for Andrey. First ever comeback from 0-2 sets down. Hopefully it will harden him and he'll have a good run here. We need more good attacking clay players.
Question remains: if he gets far will fatigue creep in? It is a worry obviously judging by today's struggles in the first 3 sets and how long he's played since the beginning of Hamburg.
 
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