On Thursday, Andrey Rublev defeated Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open after losing his opening set. The fifth seed replicated his performance from a year ago in Melbourne by winning with a score of 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-3.
Rublev swiftly made up for a disappointing third-set tie-break by soaring to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. He regained control of Kia Arena with the help of a sloppy serve game from Ruusuvuori, finishing the match with 50 wins and 16 aces.
Rublev, who has advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam six times, including in the year's first major in 2021, is still on track to do so this week. Daniel Evans, the 25th seed, is his next opponent, and ninth seed Holger Rune might be his opponent in the fourth round. With a victory over Dominic Thiem to start his campaign, his draw has been challenging from the beginning.