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Fifth seed Andrey Rublev strikes 36 winners past Fabio Fognini, the No. 26 seed, on Friday at Wimbledon.

Rublev Joins Khachanov In Wimbledon Fourth Round

Khachanov wins first completed singles match of day five

Andrey Rublev didn’t have things all his own way on Friday at The Championships, but joined fellow Russian Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.

The 23-year-old converted five of 13 break point chances to overcome Fabio Fognini, the Italian 26th seed, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in just under three hours. Should Daniil Medvedev beat 2017 finalist Marin Cilic on Saturday, it will be the first time in the Open Era (since 1968) that three Russian have advanced to the Last 16 at the All England Club.

The fifth seed, who had beaten Fognini 6-1, 6-2 en route to helping Russia capture the 2021 ATP Cup crown, will next challenge Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian overcame ninth-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 in three hours and 19 minutes.

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In a battle of who could gain early control, Rublev saved four break points across two service games — and Fognini five break points at 2-3 in the first set — before the Russian sealed a 5-3 advantage. Fognini, relying too much on his second serve, buckled and Rublev went on to seal the 43-minute opener.

Rublev carried the momentum into the second set by taking a 4-2 lead, but Fognini recovered to win three straight games. The Italian, competing in the Wimbledon third round for the sixth time, missed out on a set point at 5-4, when Rublev served at 30/40, hooking a backhand wide. But later, Fognini clinched the set after three straight groundstroke winners.

Rublev then put his foot down in the third set, breaking in the fifth game, and from 0-1 in the fourth set, the Russian won the next five games and secured his 36th match win of the year with his 13th ace.

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Earlier on Friday, Rublev’s compatriot, 25th seed Karen Khachanov, served superbly to dismantle the game of Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 over one hour and 46 minutes.

Three Russian men have reached the four round of a major championship on two previous occasions since 1968 — at the 2007 Australian Open (Igor Andreev, Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny) and at this year’s Australian Open (Medvedev, Rublev and Aslan Karatsev).

Khachanov will now face #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda, who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday. Korda hit 51 winners to defeat British 22nd seed Daniel Evans 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 24 minutes on Centre Court.

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