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Russian tennis star Rublev packs home after quarterfinals defeat at 2021 Barcelona Open

He lost to Italian Jannik Sinner who will face off the winner of another quarterfinals match between 2nd-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and 10th-seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in the semifinals

MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev failed on Friday to clear the quarterfinals stage of the ATP (the Association of Tennis Professionals) tennis tournament in Spain’s Barcelona.

Russia’s 3rd-seed Rublev suffered a straight sets defeat of 2-6; 6-7 (6-8) to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner.

Rublev, 23, is the winner of eight ATP tournaments. The Russian player also reached four times the quarterfinals stage of Grand Slam tournaments, namely at the 2017 and 2020 US Open, 2020 French Open and 2021 Australian Open.

"I am trying to get better every week," the tournament’s official website quoted Sinner as saying after the match. "He [Rublev] has played many, many matches already this year and I tried to play my tennis. It was difficult to finish it off."

"I had three break points at 5-5 [in the second set], which I could not convert, but I’m pleased to win in the end," Sinner said. "I am getting more experience in every tournament I play."

The Italian tennis player, rated 19th in the ATP Rankings, is now set to meet in the semifinals with 2nd-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who confidently defeated earlier in the day his quarterfinals opponent Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada with straight sets win of 6-3; 6-3 in 83-minute match time.

The Greek tennis player, who is currently on his eight-match winning streak, said commenting on his quarterfinals win earlier in the day: "I think my hard efforts paid off."

"It feels good to be able to play the way I am. I really hope the winning streak continues," Tsitsipas added.

The 2021 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell is the 68th edition of the annual tennis tournament played in Barcelona on outdoor clay courts since 1953 and is held this year between April 19 and 25 offering 1.5 million euro ($1.8 million) in prize money.