Andrey Rublev Details the Strengths of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 01/02/2021, 8:00 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have different styles and strengths. They have specialized in different things. So for a young player, they are perfect role models to follow. One young man that has improved a lot in 2020 was Andrey Rublev. And thus, from a perspective of upcoming talent, he named each of the big 3’s strengths.

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Andrey Rublev picks Rafael Nadal’s mind

In a recent interview, Rublev picked some strong qualities of these legends. First, he picked Nadal’s mind. And we all know how strong Rafa is mentally. Rublev said: “I would say Nadal’s mind.”

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Rafael Nadal celebrates his French Open triumph. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

What did Rublev pick of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic?

Then he picked Federer’s timing. We all know Federer is one of the most skillful players in history. The Swiss maestro is known for his exuberant shot-making and thus Rublev was right picking his quality.

And for Djokovic, Rublev pointed out his vision, backhand and elasticity. Djokovic has a great style that involves great accuracy and pace. And no one can question Novak’s elasticity as he might be the only player who slides around on a hard court.

“Federer’s sense of timing and for Djokovic, his vision of the game, his backhand and his elasticity. Each player has a significant advantage over one aspect of the game.”

CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland congratulates Andrey Rublev of Russia on his win during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Rublev is slowly staking his claim on the ATP tour. His 2020 season was a breakthrough year as he won a joint best 41 matches and a record five titles.

Rublev has played against two of the trio of Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer. He has never played against Djokovic, but going into 2021 we will surely get a few clashes.

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Rublev has a negative record against Nadal. He has never beaten the Spaniard. And their latest meeting came in the 2020 ATP Finals.

Andrey Rublev in action during his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Although he has a negative record against Nadal, he enjoys a 100 percent record against Federer. The duo have played each other once. And Rublev triumphed that 2019 Cincinnati Masters clash in straight sets. This probably might explain why Rublev is fancied so much by Roger Federer.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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