If you asked Andrey Rublev before the match, deep in his heart, if he thought he’d beat Rafael Nadal Friday in Monte-Carlo, he might have admitted … a few doubts.
But on a day that Nadal’s serve wasn’t there for him, and everything just trickled down from that, a virtuoso performance from the Russian made him the shock winner.
He’ll now play Casper Ruud to reach the Monte-Carlo singles final.
Which he would have signed up for in a flash even if Ruud also having a great tournament.
Here’s what he had to say after the win.