Rublev comes back to win against De Minaur in Monte-Carlo
Last year's finalist Andrey Rublev started off terribly against de Minaur but he rallied in time to win 2-6 6-1 6-4.
Andrey Rublev played in the final in Monte-Carlo last year losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas but it was one of his best clay outings to date as he defeated his idol, Nadal, en route to the final. The Russian returned to the crime scene but the start did not look like very good. Rublev was shaky, he missed a lot and generally looked very dejected.
De Minaur was running and forcing him to commit errors as the Australian won the opening set with 6-2. The Russian looked drained and it seemed like he would follow many seeds that have already crashed out of the event. However, he decided to battle and he battled well. Attacking De Minaur with more success, especially on the 2nd serve Rublev was able to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.
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It was a significant momentum shift as he saved two break points in the first game of the set. Had he lost that set, things might have looked different but once he found the breakthrough, he never looked back. He added another break later on finishing off with 6-1. Things were quite similar in the final set as Rublev was stunning attacking De Minaur on his 2nd serve once more.
The Russian served for the match at 5-2 in the final set but got broken with De Minaur making it 5-4. Rublev had to save a couple of break points in order to finish it off but he did 6-4.