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RUBLEV SENDS NADAL PACKING

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
17/04/2021
17:00 PM

World No.8 Andrey Rublev has scored one of the biggest wins of his career, defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. 

Rublev whipped 23 winners past the 11 time Monte Carlo champion to claim a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win in two hours and 32 minutes, in what was an incredibly high quality affair. 

Rublev will now meet Norweigan claycourt specialist Casper Ruud for a spot in the final. 

The 22 year old World No.27 booked his spot in the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over defending champion Fabio Fognini. 

On the other side of the draw, Brit Dan Evans continued his marvelous run, coming from a set behind to defeat 11th seed David Goffin 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. 

Evans will meet fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals after Tsitsipas' opponent, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina retired with a left thigh strain after dropping the first set 5-7. 

On the WTA Tour, at the MUSC Health Women's Open in Charleston, Australian Astra Sharma continued her outstanding week by reaching the semifinals of the WTA 250 event. 

Sharma booked her place in the semis with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Czech wildcard Linda Fruhvirtova. The Aussie will now face Maria Camila Osorio Serrano for a spot in the final, after the Colombian defeated Danish rising star Clara Tauson 6-4, 1-0 ret. 

On the other side of the draw, No.1 seed Ons Jabeur advanced to the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Japan's Nao Hibino. Jabeur will take on the in form Danka Kovinic, who reached her maiden tour level final last week in Charleston.

Kovinic reached the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over third seed Shelby Rogers. 

In doubles action, Aussie pair Storm Sanders and Ellen Perez reached the final with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Renata Zarazua and Julia Wachaczyk.

At Challenger level, Aussie duo Aleksandar Vukic and Thanasi Kokkinakis both bowed out in the quarterfinals of the Split Open Challenger. 

Vukic went down to Polish qualifier Kacper Zuk 4-6, 1-6, whilst Kokkinakis went down to Frenchman Quentin Halys 3-6, 6-7(2).

On the ITF Tour, Aussie Olivia Gadecki went down in her doubles semi-final in Antalya, Turkey, whilst Tina Nadine Smith went down in her doubles semi-final in Cairo, Egypt. 

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