Andrey Rublev fired off in the 1st singles game early for Russia. At least up to the initial halfway stage 3-3. Until when Jan-Lennard Struff came out from behind.
And Struff dominated the 2nd half of the first set. Where he leads 6-3 for his Germany side. With not much progress there from Rublev. After he threw the racket down in agony. It does not mean Rublev does not have to throw away altogether.
When he took a different approach this time. And it sound much better than it was in the first stage. With a bigger lead to build that momentum 3-0. While Lennard-Struff took the late point. It still gave a huge chance for Rublev to get the job done. As he took this 1st singles match to a tiebreaker. After he won Stage 2, 6-1.
Rublev may have been frustrated at one point. Trying to find what went wrong initially. And how he can turn this around to keep Russia in the hunt. Well this guy fortunately never gave up. When he kept that consistency into a crucial final tiebreaker. With the early lead 3-0 before Rublev won the first singles match in style.
The final score is 6-3 to Lennard-Struff in the 1st set. But Rublev would not mind take the rest that would give Russia the upper hand. 6-1 in the 2nd set & won 6-2 in the tiebreaker. With the 2nd singles match will come shortly. When Alexander Zverev take on Daniil Medvedev. And see if Russia can wrap up the semi-final 2-0.
Both players in this match up played so well. Jan-Lennard Struff got that fired up edge that prevented Rublev to close down. And take the early lead that saw Rublev frustrate in agony. The emotions may have affected Russia. But Struff unfortunately did not find the same momentum/consistency. In which denied his ability to take away the 2nd set. That would have ended the game early. And left it without any options in the end.
While Rublev is such a superstar in the making. He would like to get it done perfectly. Where he struggled to catch up to Struff initially. But worried about the ending. And took his time with patience that kept it simple. Before Rublev got it done both the 2nd set & tiebreaker. As he should be proud of himself to put Russia up front. With one game away from the final if Medvedev can escape Zverev.