Pure drama at the Australian Open 2023 in Melbourne: Andrey Rublev and Holger Rune fought a dramatic fight over 3:37 hours in the round of 16 – with a better end for the Russian. When it was done, the 25-year-old fell to the ground jubilantly and was celebrated by the audience in the Rod Laver Arena.
Rublev was already leading 2-1 sets, Rune was struggling with the heat but somehow found his way back into the match.
In the fifth set, the 19-year-old Dane was even on the verge of winning the match. Rune led 5:2, Rublev equalized. Rune had two match points at 6:5, Rublev saved them. Rune led 5-0 and 7-3 in the match tiebreak – Rublev came back and used his third match point to win. However, he was very lucky with the edge of the net.
Moving words from Rublev: “If you look at the situation in the world …”
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“I don’t know, it wasn’t a roller coaster ride anymore, it was like someone holding a gun to your head,” Rublev said in the winner’s interview.
Andrey Rublev – Holger Rune
Rublev vs Quarterfinal Curse
“It’s the first time I’ve won a match like this. I’m shaking a little,” he added.
“He always looks so dogged and focused on the pitch, but he has a lot of charm, a lot of humor and many other sides off the pitch,” said EurosportExpert Boris Becker about the 25-year-old, who showed strong nerves this time.
The Muscovite is in the last eight for the seventh time – he has never gone further.
Round of 16: Rublev defeats Rune in match tiebreak highlights
“To be honest – nobody wants to play against Novak,” Rublev said.
Rublev saves two match points against Rune
Rublev can hardly believe his luck
“One thing is to play tight, the other is to win these tight matches,” added Becker: “That also prevented him from getting really far in Grand Slam tournaments, even though he’s the class In these situations it’s all about mental toughness and he showed that today.”
Rublev could hardly believe his luck with the final net edge ball. “I was sure it would land on my side,” he said.
Rublev in the winner’s interview: “It’s like having a gun on your head”
Rune, meanwhile, failed to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time after last year’s French Open. In 2022 he failed in Melbourne in the first round.
Rune tells Box to be quiet with a mouth-to-mouth gesture
Shelton causes a sensation
Meanwhile, the American Ben Shelton is completely surprising in the quarterfinals. The world number 89. defeated his compatriot JJ Wolf in the round of 16 after 3:47 hours of play and three tie-breaks 6:7 (5:7), 6:2, 6:7 (4:7), 7:6 (7:4), 6:2 .
The 20-year-old is only playing his second Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne after the US Open (first round). Curious: During the course of the tournament, Sheldon has not yet had to play against an opponent who is better than 67th in the world rankings.
Round of 16: Shelton continues his fairy tale – highlights
In the quarter-finals, Shelton again meets a compatriot: Tommy Paul (35th in the world rankings) defeated the seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 24) 6:2, 4:6, 6:2, 7:5. The 25-year-old is also in the last eight of a major for the first time.
Round of 16: Paul kills Bautista Agut – highlights
Men’s results on Monday:
- A. Rublev (—/5) – H. Rune (DEN/9) 6:3, 3:6, 6:3, 4:6, 7:6 (11:9)
- B. Shelton (USA) – J.J. Wolf (USA) 6:7 (5:7), 6:2, 6:7 (4:7), 7:6 (7:4), 6:2
- T. Paul (USA) – R. Bautista Agut (ESP/24) 6:2, 4:6, 6:2, 7:5
- N. Djokovic (SRB/4) – A. de Minaur (AUS/22) 6:2, 6:1, 6:2
“Completely atypical!” Rune not quite with himself
Demonstration of power in the semifinals: Ruud follows Djokovic into the final
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This is how the match went: Ruud doesn’t give Rublev a chance
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