John Isner was in a position to defeat high-flying Andrey Rublev in three units on Thursday on the Madrid Open, however that doesn’t imply that the American didn’t come away impressed with the sport of the Russian star.
After Isner’s victory, which got here in three units and featured not a single break level earned by Isner, the American talked about Rublev’s vibrant future.
“I performed him an extended, very long time in the past in Miami when he was tremendous younger,” Isner stated. “I knew he had a vibrant future forward of him. He actually has achieved that.”
Isner was significantly impressed by the way in which the Russian’s means to dominate the baseline together with his aggressive floor sport.
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“He is unimaginable,” Isner stated. “I imply, the way in which he stays on prime of the baseline and goes after the ball, his racquet head pace is one thing else. He is bought such unimaginable margin due to his racquet head pace. It is superb to see.
“If you happen to depart something quick or something impartial, I imply, the purpose is over. Would not matter who he is enjoying in opposition to. He simply completely rips the ball to the nook, would not go for the traces. As I stated, he is bought good margin. He is very assured. After all, that helps, permits him to go after the ball.”
Rublev is tied for the ATP lead in wins in 2021 with 27, and he’s coming off his first Masters remaining a couple of weeks in the past at Monte-Carlo. Absolutely, larger and higher issues await the 23-year-old Russian.
“I am simply so impressed with him,” Isner stated. “There is a motive why he is received so many matches this yr. It is as a result of he is simply unimaginable. He clearly works his ass off and does all the best issues. Very impressed with him. Top-of-the-line gamers within the sport. I used to be very lucky to beat him in the present day. Hats off to him. I believe he is unimaginable.”