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As Andrey Rublev Gets Eliminated from the French Open, Frustrations Explode

Russian hothead Andrey Rublev tumbled out of the French Open, spectacularly losing his composure.

In the second set of his match against Matteo Arnaldi in the third round, the sixth seed got into a heated altercation with umpire Lazemar Engzell about the mark left by a disputed line call.

With that, Rublev dropped the serve and lost all control of his temper. He smashed his racket to the floor and yelled toward his players’ box.

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During the changeover, Andrey Rublev, 26, kicked his seat repeatedly, causing significant dents in it (Jean-Francois Badias/AP). Rublev hurled his racket to the floor.

Rublev, who was crying by this point in the third set, started wildly striking his own knee with the racket.

Having never made it past one in a grand slam, Rublev typically saves his meltdowns for the quarterfinals.

The 23-year-old Italian Arnaldi defeated the world number six, 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-4, although this was an even earlier exit for him.

Rublev remarked, “Completely disappointed with myself the way I behaved, the way I performed, and I don’t remember behaving worse on a slams ever,” “I think it was first time I ever behaved that bad. 

“I think it’s not about concentration. I think it’s because the way I behave I put myself completely down, and I give Matteo wings to fly, and he was flying in the third set unbelievable. It was too late to do something.”

More happiness for Italy came from second seed Jannik Sinner’s easy victory.

The 22-year-old Australian Open champion defeated Pavel Kotov, a fellow Russian, 6-4 6-4 6-4 to extend his major slam winning streak to ten matches.

Prior to Roland Garros, Sinner was dealing with a hip ailment. He stated, “We were working a lot trying to be in the position where I am right now. I am happy at the moment knowing that I have to improve the physical shape for the next round, but let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

“Tennis-wise I felt quite good on the court, trying to mix up the game a little bit more like I used to do, which gives me more solutions.”

The American 27th seed Sebastian Korda was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 7-6 (5) 6-3 in the night session without much incident.

Prior to Roland Garros, Sinner was dealing with a hip ailment. He stated, “We were 
Concerns were raised that the Spanish world number three was still experiencing forearm pain after he performed below par against qualifier Jesper De Jong in the previous round.

However, he stated: “I think I played really well, much better than the previous match. It was a really good match.”

“I wanted to feel myself on the court and I feel I did it pretty well. I’m feeling amazing and feel great playing on this court. I’m feeling better and better with every match here.”

“I’m looking forward to the second week in Paris and hopefully keep going.”

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