Andrey Rublev Jumps Ahead of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic En Route to ATP Rotterdam Open Triumph

Published 03/07/2021, 12:40 PM EST
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning the final against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


Andrey Rublev continued his fine form in ATP 500 events as he won his fourth straight ATP 500 title at Rotterdam Open. He defeated Marton Fucsovics in straight sets to cap off a brilliant tournament.

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Rublev is now on a run of winning 8 consecutive finals he has played in. And he also stretched his winning streak in ATP 500 events of 20 matches. He is yet to lose an ATP 500 match since September 2020.

Andrey Rublev celebrates with a trophy after winning the Rotterdam Open. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Rublev‘s consecutive win record is now third on the all-time list. He was tied with Rafael Nadal before the final, but now he is exclusively third behind Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Furthermore, during the Rotterdam Open itself, he entered the top five of the list. Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro were tied with 17 consecutive wins and now the Russian is clear of them.

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Ahead of Rublev now only stand Murray and Federer. Murray’s record is of 21 consecutive match wins, whereas Federer’s record is of 28 match wins.

Andrey Rublev record fourth consecutive ATP 500 title

Coming to the match, Rublev dominated in every aspect. His first serves were more accurate and his winner to unforced ratio was also better than Fucsovics. The first few games of the first set were better for Fucsovics as Rublev tried to find his feet in the match. And as the set progressed, Rublev upped the challenge.

Fucsovics did well to challenge Rublev. The set barely had any takers, and at 5-6, Rublev had his first set points saved by Fucsovics. The set went into a tiebreaker, and Rublev took the tiebreaker, 7-4, and the set, 7-6.

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Subsequently in the second set, Fucsovics lost his steam. He was immediately broken in the first game itself and thus stared at a loss. Rublev maintained his discipline and never allowed the Hungarian to make a comeback. Rublev went on easily to serve out the second set, 6-4, sealing a deserved title in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Andrey Rublev celebrates with a trophy after winning the Rotterdam Open. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Rublev’s eighth career title and fifth ATP 500 title. En route to reaching the final, he notably beat Stefanos Tsitsipas. His victory also had positive implications on the ATP rankings. He has now created a huge buffer between him and 9th placed Diego Schwartzman and further reduced the gap to World No.7 Alexander Zverev.

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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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