Australian Open 2023, Andrey Rublev defeats Holger Rune with a cruel last blow

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Commentators could hardly believe what they saw when Andrey Rublev, No. 6 of the men, outlasted teen sensation Holger Rune in a contest “with more twists than a Dan Brown novel”.

That quote came from former South African professional Rob Koenig, who spent the final hour of the five-set epic on the edge of his seat, presumably with his hands over his head.

It wasn’t the highest level of tennis at this Australian Open, but the match certainly produced more drama than the average reality show.

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At one point, Koenig was running out of words in the comments box.

“What’s going on? Koenig declared late in the fifth set.

“It’s just amazing what’s happening.”

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Rublev went on to win the game 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9) in three hours and 39 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

But not before looking down several times, only for 19-year-old Rune to admit.

“I’ve rarely seen the amount of drama in the last hour on a tennis court,” Koenig said after the game.

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Rublev won the first set, then Rune the second, before the latter had to undergo medical treatment and doctors checked his blood pressure on court.

Commentators and fans alike assumed Rune would not play the entire game after waving at his “I’m done” box during the third set, which Rublev won.

But Rune somehow bounced back in the fourth and it was Rublev looking for the count.

Rune broke early in the fifth inning, then had match points, but Rublev somehow saved them and backed up to send him to a super tie-break.

The teen went on to win the first five points in the tiebreaker and again seemed destined to win.

“It’s a pretty mature thing to do…to take all that disappointment (missing match points) and then come back and take the first five points in a tiebreak,” said John Fitzgerald.

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But Rune played it safe and Rublev went on the offensive and staged an incredible comeback to win the tiebreak 11-9.

“What an absolutely insane seesaw contest,” said Jim Courier.

Even the last point of the game was dramatic.

Rublev led the tiebreaker 10-9 when he hit a flat backhand that hit the netboard, only to fall into Rune’s side of the net and break the teen’s heart.

Koenig called it “cruel” ending to an epic match.

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The pair then hugged and Rublev was still catching his breath as he was questioned on the pitch.

“I’m not talking about the roller coaster… it’s like they put a gun to your head,” Rublev said when asked about his chosen sport.

“Roller coasters are much easier.

‘I have no words for it, boy. I’m shaking.”

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