What keeps Andrey Rublev inspired in his games
Andrey Rublev keeps on pushing for success in the 2021 ATP Tour as he moves on to the World no. 5 in the ATP Rankings. The Russian star is bound for more big runs as the ATP Tour is on its way to its final leg.
Russia now has two players inside the top five of the ATP Rankings for the first time in 20 years. Andrey Rublev has joined World no. 2, Daniil Medvedev, as the World no. 5 at the top of the men’s game and this is history rewritten.
The last time that Russia had two top players in the top five of the ATP Tour was in September 2002. Both Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov were in second and fourth place at that time. In the same year, 20-time major champion Roger Federer was just on his quest for his first Slam win and even rising star Carlos Alcaraz was yet to be born.
With the success of Rublev, US Open champion Medvedev, silver medallist Karen Khachanov and World no. 25 Aslan Karatsev, Russia has found itself as a big force in tennis. A total of seven tour trophies were won by Russians, including the ATP Cup title.
Rublev said that they have strong bonds with one another. At the age of 23, Rublev has pushed for success in his own right but is pleased to say that they have their own work ethics but they have the same goal of bringing glory to Russia.
‘All of us are good friends, but we don’t cross with each other or work with the same guys or follow the same strategy’, Rublev said. ‘Daniil has his own vision of how to practise. I have my own vision, Karen has his own, Karatsev has his own’.
Along with Daniil, Rublev has enjoyed a lot of success in the past few years. He has risen into the top 10 in October 2020, and he won his fourth ATP 500 crown and later had big runs in ATP Masters 1000 finals in Monte-Carlo and Cincinnati.
All of these wins were crucial in helping Rublev reach the top five. He now hopes to stay there and close out the season as strong as he can and reach the 2021 ATP Finals as well.
‘I would like to finish the season really strongly, the best I can. I would like to qualify for Turin’, Rublev said. ‘I am not thinking about finishing fourth, fifth or sixth. I am just trying to finish as well as I can and then we will see what happens’.
Rublev hopes tennis will be one of the main sports in Russia as it was back in the day. He wishes to see the glory days of the sport again and bring more success to the nation.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores