Andrey Rublev Reveals How Rafael Nadal Influenced His Barcelona Open 2021 Participation

Published 04/19/2021, 2:42 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 16, 2021 Russia’s Andrey Rublev with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning his quarter final match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Russian World No. 7 Andrey Rublev has been playing some unbelievable tennis in 2021, and one of his recent results was incredible even by his standards.

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The 23-year-old Russian recently qualified for his first Masters 1000 final in Monte-Carlo. Although he lost the title to Stefanos Tsitsipas, he achieved something rather remarkable on his way to the final.

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Andrey Rublev opens up on his Barcelona Open 2021 participation

After winning a thrilling three-setter against Roberto Bautista Agut, the Russian was set to meet 11-time Monte-Carlo champion, Rafael Nadal. It was the quarterfinals, and Andrey Rublev had predetermined the outcome.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 17, 2021 Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his semi final match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

As a result, the Russian accepted the Barcelona Open 2021 wildcard a day before his match against Nadal. He thought that he was done in Monte-Carlo and would have enough time to recover for the new tournament.

“When I confirmed to play Barcelona, it was right before match with Rafa,” he said smiling. “I was thinking in my head that Friday probably I will be already in Barcelona.”

However, Rublev came out with a nothing-to-lose attitude and threw everything he had at the king of clay. By far, it was one of the most epic matches of his entire career.

To reiterate, it was not easy as the Spaniard picked himself up in the second set. Many even believed that Rublev would succumb to the 20-time Grand Slam champion in the decider set, but he did not.

Thus, after battling toe-to-toe for two hours and 33 minutes, Rublev defeated Nadal 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. He then went on to make it into the finals, losing to the Greek in straight sets.

Even so, the eight ATP singles titles winner is sure that he will be ready for another strenuous week in Barcelona. Rublev is the third seed and will face the winner between Benoit Paire and Federico Gaio in the second round.

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Rublev’s incredible 2021 season

Rublev is currently second in the race of Turin ahead of Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic and finalist Daniil Medvedev. He has bagged 2400 points in the seven tournaments he has played so far.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 18, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russia’s Andrey Rublev pose with the winners and runners up trophies REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

These include him being the ATP Cup champion, making it to the Australian Open quarterfinal, being Rotterdam Open champion, making it to the Qatar Open semifinal, Dubai Open semifinal, Miami Open semifinal, and a Monte-Carlo final.

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Hopefully, he will continue playing well throughout the season, and a big win would not be far from him. Do you think Rublev can win his maiden Masters or even a Slam this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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