“It’s Like University”: Andrey Rublev Reacts After Defeating Daniil Medvedev For the First Time in His Career

Published 08/21/2021, 4:29 PM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Andrey Rublev (RUS) celebrates winning his semifinal match against Daniil Medvedev (RUS not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


In an exciting semi-final clash at the Cincinnati Masters 2021, World No.7 Andrey Rublev defeated the top seed Daniil Medvedev in three sets. Rublev made a phenomenal comeback against his compatriot and beat him, despite losing the first set. The final scoreline of the match was 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Interestingly, this is the first time when Andrey Rublev has defeated Daniil Medvedev in a singles match. With this victory, he has now advanced to his second Masters 1000 finale.

In the post-match interview, Rublev seemed completely speechless. However, he made a really sarcastic comment when he was asked about his feeling of defeating Medvedev for the very first time in his professional career.

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“It’s like university, when you pass they give you a diploma,” said Rublev in the interview.

It is an incredible feeling for Rublev. It is because of this reason that he compared his recent triumph at the Cincinnati Masters 2021 to achieving a university diploma.

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Andrey Rublev will face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev in the finals of the Cincinnati Masters 2021

Intriguingly, it is not just the first time when Rublev defeated Medvedev but it is also the first time when he won a first against him. Thus, he should be happy with his performance. However, his job is not fully done as he’ll now be training hard for his first-ever Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati.

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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

Rublev will face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev in the finals of the Cincinnati Masters 2021. Both the next-gen superstars are looking in great form and can give some really tough competition to the Russian player.

Even though Rublev won quite a lot of ATP 500 tournaments last year, it’ll be interesting to see how he plays in the finals of a Masters tournament. Fans have huge expectations from him and expect him to finish on the winning side. Will he be able to succeed at the US Open 2021?

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