On the heels of his title in Bastad, Francisco Cerundolo qualified for the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Hamburg by dominating Andrey Rublev, seeded number 2.
Francisco Cerundolo is in the shape of his life! The Argentinian, who is coming off a first title on the ATP circuit last week in Bastad, will see the quarter-finals in Hamburg. On German clay, the 30th player in the world got the better of Andrey Rublev, seeded number 2. The Russian was able to take this round of 16 by the right end, taking his opponent’s serve straight away to lead three nothing games. However, after saving two double break points, Francisco Cerundolo was able to react to erase his late serve on a shutout… only to find himself broken again. It was then that the Argentinian tightened the game, winning four games in a row to pocket the first set as soon as the opportunity arose. Unlike the start of the game, Francisco Cerundolo was not taken by surprise at the start of the second set.
In effect, it was the Argentinian who did not hesitate to strike first and, on his second break point, take Andrey Rublev’s service straight away. The 8th player in the world then had two opportunities to come back up to his opponent but the Argentinian did not give in. In the crowd, Francisco Cerundolo strengthened his grip on the meeting by once again taking the service of the Russian. Led then five games to two, Andrey Rublev played the card of pride while the Argentinian served to win the match. However, the break point was not converted. The door was then open for Francisco Cerundolo, who did not waver when it came to concluding (6-4, 6-2 in 1h33 ‘). The 30th player in the world will find another Russian for a place in the last four. Indeed, Aslan Karatsev got the better of Daniel Elahi Galan (3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 1h58′).