Rublev shocked by Van de Zandschulp in St Petersburg
The Russian was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg tournament by Botic Van de Zandschulp
In front of his home crowd, St Petersburg’s top seed Andrey Rublev lost to world No 69 Botic Van de Zandschulp (6-3, 6-4).
Rublev can at least be reassured that he has already sealed his spot in Turin for the ATP Finals.
The Russian finished the match with only 42% of points won behind his second serve, being broken twice in the first set. He hit back in the second set with some support from the fans, and finally broke back – but it would be his only inroad of the match. The Dutchman, who was trailing 3-1 after that break, accelerated to win five of the last six games of the match to conclude 6-3, 6-4.
Rublev, who won the title in Vienna last time round, chose to skip Austria to play this tournament back at home, and Van de Zandschulp ended that quest with his first-ever win against a Top 10 player. He will face Marin Cilic on Saturday.