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Rublev Sets Nadal QF Clash

Sealed with a blistering forehand return winner, Andrey Rublev stormed into his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open on Monday as he upset ninth seed David Goffin 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3.

The #NextGenATP star advances to a blockbuster clash with World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, whom he has never faced before.

Andrey Rublev is through to his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
The 19-year-old Rublev has blazed his way through just his fifth Grand Slam main draw appearance, beating Aljaz Bedene, seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, Damir Dzumhur and Goffin for the loss of just one set. He is also through to the third round of the doubles with fellow Russian Karen Khachanov.

Rublev is the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001, just one year after a 20-year-old Russian named Marat Safin had won his maiden Grand Slam crown at Flushing Meadows in 2000.

Having only broken into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on 26 June, Rublev is now projected to break the Top 40 after the US Open. He has also put himself in pole position to become the second player to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals, behind Alexander Zverev, who has already secured his spot in Milan.

Against the experience of Goffin, Rublev held his nerve, saving a break point in the 11th game of the first set before breaking his Belgian opponent in the following game to steal the opener. Goffin responded by racing into a double-break lead in the second set, but a run of four successive games for Rublev saw the Russian get back on level terms and he won a clutch tie-break to take a commanding lead.

With Goffin struggling with a left knee injury, Rublev took full advantage in the third set, breaking in the first and ninth games to seal victory in two hours and five minutes.

"It was a tough match. He was playing really fast," said Goffin. "It was tough for me to move 100 per cent. He was playing really fast, left and right. He was really aggressive, so it was tough. It was almost impossible to win today.

"He has a good potential. He's playing really well. Has a good forehand. He's hitting the ball really hard. He takes the ball early also in forehand. He's really aggressive, so he's a great player, he has good potential. He can improve in every part of his game. But he's only 19 and he's playing really well."

It has been a breakthrough summer for Rublev, who captured his maiden ATP World Tour title in Umag in July (d. Lorenzi). He will now look to extend his magical run in New York by taking on two-time former champion Nadal, who turned in a masterclass as he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/rublev-goffin-us-open-2017-monday2

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