Upset day at the Madrid Open as Isner stuns Rublev while Ruud takes down Tstisipas
Some unexpected things happened at the Madrid Open on Thursday as two top 10 players are out of the event. The first sensational match we saw was the one between Isner and Rublev. Isner has had some great results in Madrid and today he booked a spot in the quarterfinals.
He literally served his way past Rublev who could not solve the issue. Isner won the first set 7-6(4) after not seeing a break point. He would go on to lose the 2nd set 3-6 before winning the final one in the tiebreak again. It was the 10th time in his career he won a match without producing a single break point.
Joining him in the quarterfinal will be Casper Ruud who confirmed his strong form and preference for clay by taking down Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. The first set was a very close one as neither player was able to produce a break point. It ended in the tiebreak where Tsitsipas committed a few terrible forehand errors which costed him.
The 2nd set opened with both players winning service games with ease. Both of them served very well especially Rublev who received a lot of short returns which he punished with his forehand. Tsitsipas was not as sharp on his forehand which proved key. Ruud would break Tsitsipas at 3-3 to take the lead and cruise to a 6-4 2nd set win.