Andrey Rublev has taken his good from Qatar to Adelaide to Melbourne and he looks in the groove in Rotterdam.
A test in the first round for the Russian who has won two titles already this year! The 22 year old faced a more experienced Georgian in Nikoloz Basilashvili in his first round of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam.
It took just 55 minutes for the seventh seed to book his place in the second round with a super 6-2 6-3 performance against the 27 year old.
Rublev was rarely troubled and it’s fair to say he wasn’t troubled at all as the Georgian failed to create a break point with Rublev dropping just seven points on serve in eight service games which is exceptional serving.
It was a game of errors from Nikoloz who just couldn’t deal with the velocity Rublev hit his forehand and the accuracy of the two handed backhand as well. During the first set Rublev didn’t have to do too much hitting just one winner off the forehand and likewise his backhand.
The points were coming cheap off his opponents racket who hit 17 unforced errors in the first set. He did reduce this to another 14 in the second set but Rublev just didn’t miss. During the nine games of the second set he only faulted on his backhand, Andrey only hit two unforced errors off that wing.
Overall it is what Andrey would have wanted this early on in the tournament. He doesn’t want to have to go all out for the win but he managed his game and played very good tennis.
Next up for the Russian is a match against a tricky Alexander Bublik who as we know will bring some tricks, variety, underarm serving and maybe a big of frustration to the court.