Andry Rublev continued to tear up the opposition on Tuesday, with the Russian setting up a massive second-round fitness test for Andy Murray at the ATP Rotterdam tournament.

The fourth seed has now won nine of 10 matches this season after advancing past US qualifier Marcos Giron 7-6(1), 6-3.

The 78-minute ended with an ace as Rublev moved into his contest with wild card; former No. 1 Murray, who advanced on Monday’s opening day. 

The 33-year-old Scot who took the title here a dozen years ago won their only previous meeting four years ago.

“Andy is a true legend and I have a really good connection with him,” Rublev said. “I really like him as a person and as a player. 

“He destroyed me once in the past; I’m sure we’ll have great, long rallies and it will be a fight.”

Rublev said he needed to get adjusted as he faced Giron. “It was my first match indoors and I felt a bit tight in the first set.”

Rublev has been near-unstoppable at ATP 500 series events, winning the last three of the 2020 season – Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Vienna.


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