Russian tennis sensation Andrey Rublev caused a stir in a match against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain. His frustration soared to such heights that he repeatedly hit his knee with his racket, drawing blood and forcing a pause in the match at the ATP World Finals in Turin, Italy. The match concluded with Alcaraz securing a 7-5, 6-2 win over Rublev, a two-time Grand Slam champion.
Rublev’s temper flared up in the first set when a call was overturned after a review. The frustration intensified in the second set, leading Rublev to physically hit himself after a missed shot, resulting in a service break.
Desperate to stop the blood from his knee, Rublev attempted to wipe it off with a towel. However, the bleeding persisted, prompting Rublev to seek medical assistance.
Post-match, Rublev downplayed the severity of the injury, expressing his disappointment in his performance. “It’s OK,” Rublev said of his knee after the match. “I get disappointed and couldn’t manage.”
The spotlight now shifts to Alcaraz’s next match against Daniil Medvedev in the season-ending event for the top eight players of the season.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Andrey Rublev bashes himself in knee, draws blood at ATP Finals
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