Rublev surprises Tsitsipas in the first round

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Andrey Rublev, 43rd in the world, caused the first major surprise of the US Open on Tuesday, eliminating in the first round the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 8e first in the series.

Andrey Rublev, 43rd in the world, caused the first major surprise of the US Open on Tuesday, eliminating in the first round the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 8e first in the series.

The 21-year-old Russian won in four sets of 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7) and 7-5 after a bitter duel of 3:54.

The two men went to the end of their strength and it was the Greek who was the most diminished by cramps in the right leg.

"I too had a cramping start, but I did not show it," said Rublev, who will face Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round.

In the fourth inning, Tsitsipas seemed very handicapped by his right leg, visibly crippled by cramps. He even chose to extend his rest time during a change of side, even to provoke the referee.

"Give me a warning, I do not care! Tsitsipas threw at the chair judge who eventually announced a penalty point for overtime at the side change to 4-3 for Rublev in the fourth inning.

The Russian started his service game at 15-0 to lead 5-3. Tsitsipas fought to the end, but was no longer physically able to fight.

Weakened by injuries last year, Rublev won only one ATP tournament in Umag (Croatia) in 2017, but eliminated Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters Round of 16 last week before bowing in the quarter-finals. final against Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

Other first round results:

  • Gilles Simon (FRA) def. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5, 7-5
  • Matteo Berrettini (ITA / No. 24) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
  • Jordan Thompson (AUS) def. Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • Alexei Popyrin (AUS) def. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)
  • Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) beats Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP / No 10) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  • Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) defeated Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • Alexander Bublik (KAZ) defeated Santiago Giraldo (COL) 2-6, 6-0, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
  • John Isner (USA / No. 14) defeated Guillermo García-López (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • Marin Cilic (CRO / No 22) Martin Klizan (SVK) 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (8/6)
  • Fernando Verdasco (ESP / No 32) Beat Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2



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