Andrey Rublev Admits of Being ‘Lucky’ to be Above Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in ATP Rankings

Published 10/10/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


Spain’s Rafael Nadal has been one of the most dominant players when it comes to bossing around a particular surface. The former World No. 1 player is by far the most superior player to compete on clay. To win 13 French Open titles is not something that is possible regularly. 

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Lately, Rafael Nadal has not been playing tennis due to a foot injury. Due to that, he has been on the sidelines and missed many tournaments. As he had many points to defend, he has lost those points in the current season due to not being able to compete in those events.

Another player who has faced a similar fate as Rafa is Dominic Thiem who has been out due to a wrist injury.

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Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem’s absence has allowed players to get a glimpse 

As a result, players are capitalizing on the opportunity and climbing above them in the rankings.

One such player is Andrey Rublev. He has become World No. 5 and spoke on this recent development. The Russian player stated, “My place as world number 5? I’m a little lucky. It’s true that I had a good season, surely my best.

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“But I took advantage of the fact that Rafael Nadal doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. Dominic Thiem was also injured. Both have lost a lot of points in the standings. I passed them but I was a bit lucky.”

Aug 12, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Andrey Rublev of Russia returns a ball to John Isner of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 23-year-old player spoke about his successful season this year and considered it to be his best so far. However, he does admit that it would not have been possible had Rafa and Dominic been active on the circuit. 

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At the moment, he is busy competing in the Indian Wells Masters. He won his opening round match against Carlos Taberner in straight sets. He is expected to play the next match against America’s Tommy Paul. We wish him the best of luck for the upcoming matches.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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