The tennis world has been left absolutely stunned after Andrey Rublev won a fifth-set tiebreak in dramatic fashion against teen Holger Rune at the Australian Open. Rublev saved two match points in the fifth set, before staging a fightback to take the rollercoaster match to a tiebreak.
The Russian appeared to drop off as Rune raced to a 5-0 lead. However, nerves got the better of the teenager and Rublev hung in the match to take the lead.
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Rune hit an incredible backhand winner down the line to save one match point. But, in absolutely stunning scenes, Rublev won the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 with a dead net cord winner on his third match point.
Rublev fell to the floor in jubilation, before realising how he had won the point and immediately put his hands up to apologise to the Norwegian. After hours on court, in a match that both players had match point opportunities, it was a cruel net point that decided the match.
Fans were left absolutely stunned at the scenes as Rublev didn't know what to do after his victory. Others praised Rune and praised him as a future star of the game.
The result, settled in three hours and 37 minutes, set up a blockbuster quarter-final clash with nine-times champion Novak Djokovic.
Andrey Rublev stunned at Australian Open win
Rublev admitted he was a in a state of shock after winning the match. "I never was able to win matches like this," Rublev said in his post-match interview.
"Especially in very special tournament like Australian Open, to be in quarter-final is something that I will remember for sure all my life. I have no words, man. I'm shaking.
After the match, Rublev explained what went through his mind on match point. "When I hit it, I saw it clearly hit the net, but it was on my side," he added. "That ball was on my side...but I don't know how it went over."
Rublev was twice up a set, only to be pegged back, and was 5-2 down in the fifth set. He saved his two match points to send the fifth set to the match tiebreaker and won eight of the last 10 points to seal victory.
Ben Shelton quickly followed Rublev into the quarter-finals with an equally enthralling win over fellow American JJ Wolf.
The 20-year-old World No.89 was a first-round loser in his only previous grand slam appearance, at last year's US Open.
But he is going deep into the second week in Melbourne after prevailing 6-7 (5-7), 6-2,6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. "It's been a dream so far," Shelton said. "It was definitely a gruelling match.
"There was a lot of swings throughout the match ... and I really focused on, in the fifth set, just being energetic, trusting my fitness and just hustling, being courageous and I thought I did a really good job of competing at the highest level in the fifth set."
Shelton will play unseeded countryman Tommy Paul on Wednesday for an improbable semi-final berth.
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