TennisSection previews the 2022 Nordea Open as Andrey Rublev takes on Sebastian Baez in the quarterfinal on Friday, July 15th, 2022.
Will Andrey Rublev pick up another title this weekend? Or will Lalso Djere shock the Russian and his potential coronation? This could be a lot more interesting than what the odds suggest. Who will reach the semifinals of the Nordea Open?
Andrey Rublev battled the windy conditions at the Nordea Open and a very energetic Federico Coria to book his place in the last eight. The Russian recovered to win 7-5 4-6 7-6 in one of the most entertaining matches of the day. Rublev was unable to find his A-game, with many of his shots going wayward. But once he adapted to the strange conditions in Bastad, he began to swing freely and eventually overwhelmed Coria in the biggest points including the final set tiebreak.
Laslo Djere, for his part, ensured his debut appearance at the Nordea Open will continue. The Serbian World No. 53 has not dropped a set en route to the quarterfinals, beating the likes of Lorenzo Musetti and Marc-Andrea Huesler. This form pales in comparison to Djere’s achievements on grass this season. The 27-year-old won just once in three tournaments on the lawns and was on a three-match losing streak when he arrived in Bastad. But following two confidence-boosting wins this week, Djere will surely test Rublev’s patience.
Andrey Rublev and Laslo Djere have not played each other on the ATP Tour. Friday’s match at the Nordea Open will be their first official meeting. Djere’s progress to the last eight has been so serene, but has not faced an opponent in the caliber of Rublevin terms of aggression and ball striking. I thought the Russian adapted really well in testing conditions in his first match in precisely a month. If he makes another fast start on Friday, he could be uncatchable.
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