“Yeah, it's funny,” he says. “Both of us had a tough, tough week in Hamburg.. Then both of us were down in the first round, two sets to love. Both of us came back. Now we are here and we're going to play each other in quarters. I hope we're going to show a good level, good match, and I hope people will enjoy.”
Rublev has a 2-0 lifetime record at tour-level against Tsitsipas, and the Russian is enjoying his best season to date. He’ll enter the match with a 29-6 overall record and three titles to his name in 2020. Even better, he’s unlocked his clay game in recent weeks and has reeled off nine consecutive wins on the surface.
Tsitsipas is in stirring form as well. The Greek, who became the first player from his country to reach the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros, has won 12 consecutive sets and was particularly effective in his straight sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Monday.
“We grew up playing together,” Tsitsipas said of Rublev. “He has improved a lot. We've played each other many times. I think he has a positive record against me. Going inside that match in two days, it is very important for me to take this opportunity and fight harder this time, maybe do something better.”