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The Russian can operate on a short fuse when he is on court but his singles downfall at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games was physical, rather than mental, over-heating.
Rublev struggled badly with cramp during his semi-final defeat to Kamil Adrian Majchrzak (POL) on Thursday, August 21, in a match that included a 10-minute heat break.
Twenty-four hours later, Rublev looked a different competitor as he bounced around Court A at the Tennis Academy of China and dismissed the challenge of Japanese opponent Jumpei Yamasaki 6-1, 6-3 in the bronze medal match.
“I did not really care about today and it somehow happened by itself,” Rublev said. “The motivation was the gold, until yesterday, and third place is better than nothing.”
Akvile Parasinskaite claimed a bronze medal with Jelena Ostapenko
Yamasaki meanwhile was distressed to miss out on a medal: “I did not feel good physically. I am disappointed,” he admitted.
In the day’s other bronze medal match, there was a fairytale ending for Baltic pairing Akvile Parasinskaite (LIT) and Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) in the women’s doubles.
Parasinskaite had already upset second seed Daria Kasatkina (RUS) on her way to the semi-finals of the singles, while also enjoying success with her Latvian partner Ostapenko in the doubles.
The pair knocked out top seeds Ivana Jorovic (SRB) and Jil Teichmann (SUI) on their way to the semi-finals, where their progress was halted by Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) and Iryna Shymanovich (BLR), the No.3 seeds.
However, they beat Sonya Kenin (USA) and Renata Zarazua Ruckstuhl (MEX) 6-3, 7-5 under the floodlights to secure the bronze.