Andrey Rublev bowls Cameron Norrie to claim QF spot at US Open | ATP Tour

Andrei Rublev took a leaf out of the Cameron Norrie Playbook Monday on the US Openwhere the hard-hitting ninth seed produced a rock solid fourth round that defeated the Brit 6-4 6-4 6-4 in New York.

Rublev consistently hit from the deep and clinically assessed his chances on the return as he capitalized on an unusually wayward performance from seventh-placed Norrie to earn a two-hour, 26-minute win and advance to his fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal . The 24-year-old fired 30 winners and made just 17 unforced errors en route to victory against a top-10 opponent US Open for the fourth time.

“It was tough, especially when we’ve known each other for a long time,” Rublev said in his on-pitch interview. “Last time he beat me so obviously I came on the pitch thinking I have to do my best, play really well and I think today I played a good match.

“Cameron was maybe a bit tired because he helped me in some moments, but that’s the right thing US Open, this is a Grand Slam and everyone is nervous, everyone is tense, everyone wants to win. So this is normal. In the end I was able to win in three sets and I’m super happy.”

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The win propels Rublev into his third quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows, where he now holds a 17-6 record. Should be a four-time champion Rafael Nadal prevail against it Frances Tiafoe on Arthur Ashe Later on Monday at the stadium, Rublev meets the same opponent as in his 2017 quarter-finals when he lost to the Spaniard in straight sets. But Rublev is primarily focused on his own game as he aims for his first Grand Slam quarter-final win in his sixth attempt.

“I haven’t thought about it until now because I had to play today,” Rublev said. “Of course if I have time I will try to watch because in my next game it will be Rafa or Tiafoe so I have to see how they play. But if I don’t have time, I just prepare for the next game and that’s it.”

Rublev and Norrie had braced themselves for a fine-margin encounter after serve dominated the opening exchange of their third tour-level meeting. However, Rublev remained solid on both wings to force Norrie into a series of errors in game nine as he converted the first break point of the game en route to the opener in grueling, wet New York conditions.

Even the distraction of some inclement weather blowing into Louis Armstrong Stadium couldn’t shake Rublev, who was held off by a brief rain delay on a 3-2 lead with a break in the second set, only to re-attach a game later as a roof serving the stadium was closed. The ninth seed picked up where he left off in the restart, consistently serving with precision to move two sets forward.

Rublev finished the match 79 percent (46/58) on points behind his first serve, a reflection of the 11-time tour-level world champion’s confidence in hitting the ball. The only dip in his level came in set number three as Norrie regained his composure to regain a break and take a 4-3 lead. Rublev’s response was quick as he reeled off three straight games behind some striking huge forehands to seal an impressive win.

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