Andrey Rublev Reveals Sebastian Korda’s Dad Petr Gave Him Tennis Advice

Published 04/02/2021, 12:50 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning his quarter final match against France’s Jeremy Chardy REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has spoken fondly of promising American Sebastian Korda’s father and former player Petr.

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The current World Number 8, who cleared a stiff test against Korda to reach the Miami Open semi-final on Friday, said he received some tennis advice from his father when he used to train at Bradenton IMG as a 16-year-old.

Andrey Rublev says he had a difficult moment with Sebastian Korda’s father

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The big-hitting Russian is the only Top-10 player left in the men’s draw at the prestigious Masters 1000 event.

He will battle Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who pulled off his biggest career win over World Number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the last-four on Friday, for a place in the final.

A former Australian Open champion, Petr retired from tennis shortly before he was handed a 12-month for a doping offence in September 1999.

He was also runners-up at the French Open in 1992.

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Andrey Rublev of Russia (L) shakes hands with Sebastian Korda of the United States (R) after their match in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking to the press after his hard-fought quarter-final win, Rublev said he is grateful for the advice he received from the former champion.

“When I was Bradenton IMG he was helping me, giving me advice, hitting with me. I’, really grateful to him for this,” the Russian said.

Andrey Rublev says he also knows Sebastian Korda from when he was 13 years old

 Rublev revealed that he knows the junior Korda from when he was about 13 years old.

“I saw Sebastian when he was even smaller, maybe 13. I don’t know if he remembers,” the World Number 8 said.

The Russian picked up his first Tour title this year at Rotterdam. It was his fourth consecutive ATP 500 championship triumph from last year.

However, a defeat to rising compatriot Aslan Karatsev in Dubai snapped his remarkable streak of wins in ATP 500 events.

However, before his unbeaten run was brought to an end in the Saudi City, Rublev went past three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray’s mark of 21 straight wins in ATP 500 tournaments.

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However, he fell short of Roger Federer’s record of going 28 unbeaten at such events.

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The Russian booked his quarters date with Korda after posting impressive wins over veteran Croat star Marin Cilic, Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and American Tennys Sandgren in previous rounds.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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