Andrey Rublev feels hungry for more in 2021 after a breakthrough season



Andrey Rublev feels hungry for more in 2021 after a breakthrough season

The 23-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev has been one of the players of the season, making a strong start and playing even better in the closing stages. Dealing with injuries in 2018 and 2019, Andrey was barely ranked inside the top-80 when he reached the final in Hamburg last year, forging a recovery path and beating Roger Federer en route to the Cincinnati quarter-final.

Andrey claimed the title in his hometown of Moscow and led Russia towards the Davis Cup Finals semi-final with four singles wins, gathering momentum ahead of 2020. Fresh and rested, Rublev opened the current season with back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide, setting eyes on big goals before the coronavirus halted the season for over five months.

Once the action returned, Andrey was ready to show his true colors, reaching two Major quarter-finals and conquering three ATP 500 titles to earn his place in the top-10! Andrey lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open quarter-final, heading back to Europe and winning the third title of the season in Hamburg after prevailing over Stefanos Tsitsipas.

With no time for rest, Rublev traveled to Paris and came from two sets to love down against Sam Querrey in Roland Garros first round. Following three more victories, the Russian was in his second straight Major quarter-final, losing to Tsitsipas in straight sets but doing enough to find himself in the elite ten for the first time.

It was time for an indoor season and Andrey was ready to prove his ranking progress, conquering St. Petersburg and Vienna to add 1000 points to his tally, qualifying for the ATP Finals for the first time.

Andrey Rublev finished the season with five titles and 41 wins.

Andrey made the London debut against Rafael Nadal, losing in straight sets in an hour and 17 minutes after failing to create break chances.

In the second match, Rublev wasted a match point in a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas, losing chances for a place in the semis but still seeking 200 points against Dominic Thiem. The Russian toppled the Austrian 6-2, 7-5 for his first ATP Finals victory, wrapping up the season with 41 triumphs and taking a well-deserved rest ahead of the pre-season practice.

“I’m grateful for everything that’s happened to me. I won more tournaments this year than the previous years combined. I can still improve many things, and that’s the main goal in the off-season. I’m motivated to improve the main parts of my game before we start the new season.

Physically, I still can be much faster and improve my defense. Among the top-10 players, I’m still one of the worst in this aspect. I can improve my serve, volley, return, slice, backhand and even forehand,” Andrey Rublev said.



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