Rublev: king of the comeback

Published by Matt Trollope

In the first round in Beijing, Andrey Rublev trailed the more-experienced, higher-ranked Jack Sock by a set before winning in three.

On Thursday in the Chinese capital, he went one better, coming back from 6-1 3-1 down to upset former top 10 star Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-4 6-1.

The 19-year-old Russian chatted about his exceptional performance with, saying that while he’d initially struggled with confidence on his serve, he was always in the hunt during the rallies.

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“After (the US Open) I didn’t really practice for a while, so in the beginning of the match for me it’s tough a little bit to find the rhythm, and as soon as I find the rhythm, I start to play much better,” he said.

“Match by match, especially when I win kind of matches like this, I feel like I’m much more confident.”

Rublev next lines up against Alexander Zverev in what will be a blockbuster quarterfinal between two of the game’s brightest young stars.

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