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Scandal! Rublev was disqualified in the Dubai semifinals for insulting the judge

Date: April 21, 2024 Time: 20:39:38

On Friday, March 1, the ATP-500 tournament in Dubai (UAE) will host the semifinal matches. A year ago, Daniil Medvedev and Andrei Rublev participated in the decisive confrontation, and the champion of the US Open 2021 turned out to be stronger 6-2, 6-2. This time, Medvedev and Rublev, first and second seeds respectively, reached the semifinals again. Therefore, not in vain, Russian fans hoped and counted on a repeat of the Russian final.

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Rublev was the first to play his semi-final. His opponent was former Russian and now Kazakh tennis player Alexander Bublik, seventh seed. In personal matches, the score was 4-1 in favor of Andrey, if we take into account only the matches within the main draw of ATP tournaments. At the same time, in 2023, the tennis players presented two incredible fights with a lot of aces, and both on grass. Bublik beat Rublev in the final in Halle and Andrey got revenge in a tense five-set match in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

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Before the current semi-final, Andrei said that the Dubai court suits Alexander. “In my opinion, the Dubai surface suits him because it is quite fast. Flat shots and drop shots work very well here. He likes everything, he feels very comfortable in these conditions. So yes, I think this coating suits you well.

I hope I am right and play well on this surface, if I remember my past results. So we’ll see,” Rublev said in an on-court interview after reaching the semifinals.



Bublik did not immediately find his serve and Rublev already had a double break point in the first game. But Alexander recovered in time and did not allow Andrey to escape. In the second game, Rublev, who at the beginning of the match was quite nervous and expressed his dissatisfaction with some refereeing decisions, did not act in the best way in the exchanges and in one break point his opponent allowed a double-2:0 . in favor of Bublik. As for Andrey, he then flashed his thumb at someone in the stands, wryly saying “thank you,” apparently because they yelled at him under his arm before serving.

In the fifth game, Bublik’s serve was broken. The representative of Kazakhstan committed two double faults, including on the break point, and Rublev played the break, after which, while serving, he equalized the score, despite some problems in the changes, 3: 3. In the seventh game, Alexander left with 0:30, and after that both players no longer had too serious problems in their games. At the beginning of the tiebreaker, the opponents exchanged mini-breaks, and the second and key mini-break was made by Andrey (Bublik hit the net in his move), who won the game 7:6 (7:4). 51 minutes.

Bublik started the second set with a break. Alexander took a risk with practical jokes and it paid off. In the fourth game, Rublev hinted at his desire to recover, even though it all started with 40-0 on the opponent’s serve. Andrei equalized, but did not achieve more: 3-1 in favor of Bublik. Then, for some time, the servers did not have any special problems, and in the eighth game, Alexander’s errors allowed Rublev to make a counterattack for 4:4.

In the remaining games, no one had not only breaks, but even break points. At the same time, it should be noted that Rublev at the reception was two points away from victory – 6:5, 30:30, but Bublik’s serve again helped him. And a little earlier, Alexander won one of the draws with such a blow.

Alexander Bublik’s trick.

Photo: Frame of the transmission.

Be that as it may, we had to play the second tiebreaker of the match. In it, Rublev made the first mini-break after Bublik committed a double fault: 4-2 in favor of Andrey. But after that, Alexander took five of six moves and took advantage of the first set point: 7:6 (7:5) in 49 minutes.

The decisive match did not start according to Bublik’s script. He abandoned the game, smashed his racket on the court in anger, and then argued for a long time with the chair umpire over the decision to serve again after the ball fell out of the ball boy’s pocket.

Alexander Bublik broke his racket

Photo: Frame of the transmission.

In the third game, Rublev came close to the second break in a row, but Alexander did not break and saved all three break points. The Kazakhstan representative showed even more character in the seventh game, fighting off four more break points, including a triple. And he had his reward: in the eighth game, Andrei made a mistake on his serve and lost the lead 4: 4.

After the eleventh game, when the score was 6:5 in favor of Bublik (but without a break), Rublev made an insulting comment to one of the linesmen, for which he received a whistle from the public. The supervisor approached Rublev and told him that the lineman understood Russian; They say, you told him: “You’re an idiot!” Andrey turned to the lineman in Russian: “Are you serious now, ***? “I swear I didn’t say anything like that.” Rublev tried unsuccessfully to prove that he did not insult the linemen, but after the trial, Andrei was disqualified.

Rublev was disqualified for insulting the judge

Photo: Frame of the transmission.

For Bublik this will be the second final of the season and the eleventh of his career. His statistics in decisive matches are 4-6. In February she won the title in Montpellier, beating Borna Coric in the final.

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