HAPLESS! Andrey Rublev Upsets Top-Seed Daniil Medvedev at Cincinnati Open 2021 Semifinals

Published 08/21/2021, 3:58 PM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Andrey Rublev (RUS) celebrates winning his semifinal match against Daniil Medvedev (RUS not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


The first semifinal in the men’s singles category at the Cincinnati Open saw an all-Russian battle. Top seed Daniil Medvedev faced Andrey Rublev with both players looking to build momentum ahead of the US Open.

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For the first time since 2009, all the top four seeds are competing in the semifinals of the Cincinnati Open. Although Rublev carries good form, his head-to-head with Medvedev was heavily one-sided at 0-4.

In a closely-fought contest, Rublev punched his ticket to the final, with the scoreline reading 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Daniil Medvedev vs Andrey Rublev: Set 1

Medvedev won the coin toss and chose to receive first. This meant Rublev served the opening game of the set, and held his serve to go 1-0 up. However, the World No. 2 took the next two game, breaking Rublev’s serve to go 2-1 up.

The 25-year-old didn’t stop there, breaking Rublev‘s serve once again to go 4-1 up. Although Rublev broke his compatriot’s serve in the next game to reduce the arrears, Medvedev returned the favor to go 5-2 up.

The top seed closed out the first set in emphatic fashion, scoring a love service game to clinch the set 6-2.

Medvedev vs Rublev: Set 2

Rublev once again began serving the first game of the set. However, the third game saw major drama unfold as Medvedev crashed into a camera while attempting to return during the end of the game.

After a heated argument and a medical timeout, play finally resumed after both players returned to the court. While they held their serves for the first seven games of the set, Rublev finally made a breakthrough in the eighth game.

The eighth game was the longest of the entire match, with eight deuces taking up a chunk of time. However, when he got his fourth break point in the game, Rublev made no mistake to go 5-3 up. Although Medvedev had a break point in the very next game, Rublev saved it and clinched the set 6-3. This was the first time the 23-year-old won a set against Medvedev.

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Medvedev vs Rublev: Set 3

The deciding set began with neither Medvedev nor Rublev getting a break in the first six games. However, Rublev broke the 25-year-old’s serve in the seventh game to take a crucial 4-3 lead.

Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) and Andrey Rublev (RUS) at the net after their in their semi-final match during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

And he clinched the set, and a place in the final in stunning fashion, breaking Medvedev’s serve once again to take the set 6-3. This marked his first victory against the World No. 2 in five meetings. He will face either Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

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