Back From The Brink, Rublev Edges Draper In Madrid

World No. 8 seeking maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown

Andrey Rublev survived a major scare Tuesday at the Mutua Madrid Open, edging past #NextGenATP Briton Jack Draper 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the third round.

The World No. 8 arrived in Madrid high in confidence following his title run at the Serbia Open in Belgrade last month. However, he was tested to his limits against wild card Draper in a heavy-hitting clash as he rallied from 0-3 in the third set to eventually advance after two hours and 19 minutes.

Draper has captured four ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2022 and showed everyone why with his relentless aggression on Manolo Santana Stadium. The 20-year-old, who is fifth in the ATP Race To Milan, caused Rublev problems throughout as he swung his lefty serve with accuracy before ultimately fading near the end in the lively conditions.

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Rublev is making his second appearance at the ATP Masters 1000 event and recovered after a stuttering start against the World No. 121, finding greater control from the baseline as the match went on to reach the third round in Madrid again.

The key to Rublev’s success in the third set was his ability press home his advantage from attacking positions. The 11-time ATP Tour titlist won slightly more than four of every five points in which he was in offense for a Conversion score of 81%. (Learn more about Conversion & Steal scores.)

Following his victory, the 24-year-old will next play Daniel Evans, Roberto Bautista Agut or Jenson Brooksby, with Briton Evans awaiting the winner of the match between the Spaniard and the American.

Rublev is aiming to clinch his maiden Masters 1000 crown this week, having earned a joint tour-leading three trophies in 2022 (Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal).

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