NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Russian teenager Andrey Rublev tamed ninth seed David Goffin 7-5 7-6(5) 6-3 on Monday to become the youngest man to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals since Andy Roddick in 2001.
Although Rublev betrayed his young age with a couple of outbursts, it was nonetheless a mature performance from the 19-year-old as he set up an intriguing final eight showdown with world number one Rafa Nadal.
While 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov was becoming the darling of this year’s U.S. Open, playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium to adoring crowds, it is the hardworking Rublev who is the last teenager standing.
Facing Goffin for the first time, Rublev broke open a tight opening set, breaking the Belgian at 6-5.
A stung Goffin, who has been hampered by a knee injury, immediately broke the Russian twice to open the second on the way to a 3-0 lead, leaving Rublev screaming at himself.
That seemed to provide the teenager with a wakeup call as he stormed through the next four games to force tiebreak, won with a blistering cross court forehand that Goffin could only stare at as it hit the corner.
Rublev then moved in for the kill, breaking Goffin to start the third and again to close it as he clinched a spot in the final eight. (Editing by Gene Cherry)