Andrey Rublev makes classy gesture in heat of battle after Marin Cilic's desperate plea


Andrey Rublev conceded a point to his opponent Marin Cilic deep into their French Open quarter-final after the Croat pleaded with the umpire to overturn a line call. The 2014 US Open champion believed his ball was in and the seventh seed initially thought the shot was out but conceded and agreed to replay the point.

Cilic was serving at 1-1 in the fifth set of his French Open quarter-final against Rublev when one of his shots was called out and the chair umpire checked the mark, confirming it was out. Rublev had circled the mark to show the shot was out but he former world No 3 could then be heard pleading with the umpire as he refused to believe the ball was out.

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” the 20th seed said, arguing at the net. “Please, please, please, please,” he continued, as he was told the mark showed his shot had landed outside of the line.

In a confusing but classy decision, the Russian then decided to concede the point to his opponent and agreed to replay it instead of taking a 0-15 advantage on the Croat’s serve, despite initially believing the ball was out.

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