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Rublev broke a four-fight losing streak! And Mirra came back again in Madrid

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 02:25:27

The first women’s and men’s matches of the new day were played in Madrid. Today, April 26, three Russians held their second-round matches: Andrey Rublev, Mirra Andreeva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The first to enter the Aranchi Sánchez-Vicario court was Andrey Rublev (eighth racket in the world), he played with the Argentine Facundo Bagnis (136). This was the second meeting of the tennis players. Before this, the players faced each other almost four years ago at the Rome Masters in the 2020 season. Then Andrei Rublev won easily 6:4, 6:4.

In today’s meeting, Rublev tried to get out of a series of failures: in the last three tournaments (in Miami, Monte Carlo and Barcelona), the Russian left the fight after the first match.

For Andrey, the beginning of the match with Bagnis turned out to be very difficult: with his serve he had to fight against three break points at once. The Russian successfully coped with this task, saved the game from him and then took his opponent’s serve. Andrey’s bold play and initiative helped him today. He went to the net, ran after many balls, played powerfully, low and thus forced the Argentine to make mistakes. At this pace, in 39 minutes and with a score of 6-1, the Russian tennis player took the first match.

Andrei Rublev

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Rublev looked very good on the court today. He showed restraint, even when in the middle of the second set everything did not go as well as in the previous match and Bagnis played with a little more precision. In the fifth game, which lasted more than 11 minutes, Andrei had problems, he had three break points, but still he could not take advantage of the advantage: the Argentine served well in the important moments.

Rublev did not respond to the pressure that Bagnis put on him with his serve and variable play. The Russian played surprisingly in the seventh game, which he was able to take and take advantage with a score of 4:3. Andrei’s mood and confidence were enough to beat the Argentine in an hour and a half 6: 1, 6: 4 and achieve his first victory in the last six weeks.

Last season in Madrid, Rublev reached the fourth round. In the third round of this year’s Spanish Masters he will play the winner of the match between Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Jiongcheng Shan.

Mirra Andreeva (43) also played her match today in Madrid; She for the second time in her career faced Linda Noskova (31). In the first meeting, which took place earlier this year in Brisbane, the representative of the Czech Republic was stronger (7-5, 6-3).

Mirra started today’s match with an ace and a perfect service game, but in her next game she made several unforced errors and allowed her opponent to break. Both tennis players did not play very consistently and were nervous, so Noskova allowed the Russian to take a reverse break. The score was tied: 2:2.

Mirra had no stability in the first set, neither when she played on the right, nor when she played on the left, nor when she tried to play a shorter one. In the seventh game, with the Russian’s serve, the score came “exactly” several times, but this minigame with a break remained in the hands of Noskova and Andreeva’s racket slipped from her hands. Mirra could no longer change the course of this set and lost it in the 44th minute 4:6.

Mirra Andreeva

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Nothing went right for Andreeva even after a break between sets. At the beginning of the second game, she lost her serve to love and began to look completely confused. At the same time, Noskova began to struggle, which helped the Russian immediately launch a counterattack. The Czech at that time was very limited, she lost five games in a row and gave her rival a comfortable lead with the score of 5:1. The first time, Mirra couldn’t serve for the set: not everything went well with her serve, and the Russian complained about this to her boxer a couple of times. On the second attempt, the Russian took the game (6:3) and took the game to the decisive set.

In the third game, it became apparent how Mirra began to loosen her grip and Linda was shackled even more. The Czech gave her first serve, began to move more forcefully around the court and, with her own mistakes, helped the Russian advance on the scoreboard. The only difficulty in this set came for Andreeva in the sixth game, when Noskova made a break. But then the Russian tennis player broke the Czech’s serve and took advantage again. Nothing could stop Mirra anymore: she broke through again and finished this difficult match with a score of 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3.

For Mirra, this is the second comeback in the Madrid tournament: at the beginning of the competition she came back from 0-1 in sets against the American Taylor Townsend (4-6, 6-1, 7-5). In the third round, Andreeva will fight the winner of the match between Marketa Vondrousova and Shelby Rogers.

Another Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (22), fought for access to the third round with Daria Saville (Gavrilova) (96). Before this, the score in personal meetings between tennis players was 1-1. The last time the girls played was seven years ago in the tournament final in Hong Kong. Then the Russian athlete won (5:7, 6:3, 7:6).

For Pavlyuchenkova, the match began with a pair of doubles and difficult break points. After that, the advantage immediately passed to Anastasia: she took the serve of her opponent and, in general, she began to look more confident and stable on the court than Saville. At the end of the first set, the Russian lost the instability that invaded her at the beginning of the match. She moved well on the court, did not make mistakes very often, tried to play with variety and this helped her win the first game in just 37 minutes with a score of 6:1.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

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At the beginning of the second set there was a long game with the score 0:1 with Pavlyuchenkova’s serve. She lasted almost 10 minutes and stayed with the Russian. The only time Saville was able to get a break in this match was in the fourth game. Daria led with a score of 3:1, but she could not maintain the advantage for long and immediately gave serve to her opponent.

At some point in the second set, Saville’s errors decreased, so Pavlyuchenkova had to try harder, act more varied and clean up her game of unforced errors. The Russians’ approaches to the net worked very well, they even helped break the score at 4:4, come back from 0:30 in the next game and finish this match. Anastasia won this match in 1 hour and 26 minutes by 6:1, 6:4.

Last year, Pavlyuchenkova reached the second round in Madrid. This season, Anastasia will compete with the winner of the match between Daria Kasatkina and Kristina Buksha in the Spanish “thousand” to reach the fourth round.

The women’s and men’s tournaments in Madrid will continue until May 5. Follow all the events and news in Spain in the “Championship”.

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