It sounds simple, but for Rublev, it’s a constant battle. After breaking in the first game against Garin, he held the advantage easily to take the opening set but then dropped the second as his level dipped, only to recover in time to win the next two sets for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (11) victory.
“There were still up and downs,” explained Rublev, who was a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2020.
“Some moments I played well, some moments I drop the level and Cristian, some moments were also a bit more down, but in some moments he was playing really, really high level. And that's it, it was more about these details. Who was more focused, who was more consistent.”
A four-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, Rublev is still seeking that big breakthrough, having watched his peers excel, in particular his friend, Daniil Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Powerful on both wings, Rublev plays Italy’s Sinner for a place in the last eight again. He knows what he needs to do.