Rublev Continues Dominance In Adelaide
Can Andrey Rublev be stopped in 2020? Just days after capturing his third ATP Tour title in Doha (d. Moutet), the third-seeded Russian started his campaign on Wednesday at the Adelaide International with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win against American Sam Querrey.
”I didn’t sleep all night because of jet lag, but I’m really happy with my energy today,” Rublev said. “I played a really good match and I’m happy to win against such a great player.”
Rublev won 92 per cent of his first-serve points (23/25) to advance in 55 minutes and take a 2-1 lead in his ATP Head2Head rivalry with Querrey. The Russian improved to 5-0 this year and has yet to drop a set. Next up for him is Brit Daniel Evans.
Fourth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta began his week by converting all three break points against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to prevail 6-3, 6-2. Carreno Busta improved to 2-4 in their ATP Head2Head series. His doubles prowess helped guide Spain to a runner-up showing last week at the ATP Cup (l. to Serbia).
”I felt really good. It was my first singles match of the year and it’s a pleasure to win your first match, but the doubles matches I played in the ATP Cup were good for my confidence and my rhythm,” Carreno Busta said. “I’m really happy with the victory, but also happy with my level.”
Awaiting him in the quarter-finals is South African qualifier Lloyd Harris, who moved past Serbian Laslo Djere 7-6(5), 6-3. Harris also competed in the ATP Cup for Team South Africa and said the volume of matches he received in Brisbane has served him well.
"I had three really tough matches there, two tough losses, one good win. So I felt like that was unbelievable preparation,” Harris said. "The fact that you get a guaranteed three matches, especially with me coming up against three really good opponents in my group, definitely set me up very nicely and built up some confidence. I'm feeling good and confident, and I'm looking to take this into the rest of the week and into the Australian Open next week.”
American qualifier Tommy Paul continued his dream run with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 win over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. The 22-year-old, who currently sits at a career-high FedEx ATP Ranking of No. 90, is through to his first tour-level quarter-final since 2017 Washington. He'll take on Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar 7-6(3), 6-3.
"I feel like I've played this well, just not at the right times," Paul said. "I've played this well at some ATP Challenger Tour events, just the timing is working out pretty good right now. Hopefully I can keep playing well.”
Dodig/Polasek Move Into Semi-finals
Fourth seeds Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek encountered few problems in their 6-4, 6-3 quarter-final win against Cristian Garin/Juan Ignacio Londero. Maximo Gonzalez/Fabrice Martin also reached the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-5 upset over second seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo.