Andrey Rublev extended his winning streak to eight matches on Saturday when he powered past former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson for a place in the Roland Garros fourth round.
Rublev, the No. 13 seed, who captured his third ATP Tour title of the year at the Hamburg European Open (d. Tsitsipas) last week, gave Anderson no opportunity to work his way into their second ATP Head2Head meeting, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes on Court Simonne-Mathieu.
Rublev, who has a 28-6 match record on the season that also includes trophies at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Moutet) and the Adelaide International (d. Harris), will now challenge Marton Fucsovics of Hungary or Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.
The 22-year-old Rublev never let Anderson settle, breaking serve in the South African’s first service games of the first and second sets. Rublev, dictating every rally beyond four shots, particularly with his forehand, broke twice in the decider – at 2-2, when Anderson struck and double fault, then at 3-5, when a forehand return winner.
Rublev was incredible efficient on serve, losing just four first-service points and eight off his second delivery. Anderson, who’d been bidding to reach the Last 16 in Paris for a fifth time, hit 13 aces and committed 33 unforced errors.