“Needs To Switch And Play In Major Tournaments”: Russian Legend Unhappy With Andrey Rublev’s 5 Titles

Published 11/25/2020, 4:30 AM EST
Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – November 1, 2020 Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


23-year old Russian professional Andrey Rublev won the most ATP singles titles in the 2020 season with five. He even qualified for the ATP Finals in London, where he exited from the group stage of the tournament. His fellow countryman and former World No. 1 tennis player Marat Safin reviewed his stellar season.

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First Russian in the International Hall of Fame, Safin shares a good rapport with World No. 8. According to him, Rublev winning five titles “doesn’t mean nothing”. On top of that, he insisted that the Vienna winner is still to win everything in his career.

“Have to give Andrey Rublev a slap on the head”: Marat Safin

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 15, 2020, Russia’s Andrey Rublev reacts during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Toby Melville
2020 is undoubtedly Rubley’s breakthrough season, but he is behind in the race with other next-generation players. Therefore, the two-time Grand Slam winner Safin urged him to focus on bigger points. To emphasize that, he gave the example of World No. 1 who only won four titles this year.
Tallest World No.1 said, “He won five tournaments, but these are not “Masters”, these are not “Grand Slam”. Novak won less but finished first. Andrey needs to switch and play in major tournaments.”
The elder Russian also didn’t seem impressed with Rublev’s performance at the season-ending tournament.
“If you play with Nadal, then you need to go to the net and play competently. You need to work with this. Defeat from Tsitsipas? I have to give him a slap on the head for that. He knows himself that he has let go,” said Safin.
(All quotes are translated via Google Translate)

“Rublev understands what I am talking about”: Safin

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – November 1, 2020, Russia’s Andrey Rublev in action during the final against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
As a countryman to countryman, Safin backs Rublev with healthy criticism and keeps in touch with him regularly.

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He (Rublev) has a rich arsenal, good physics, light on his feet. He understands what I’m talking about,” Marat rationalized.
He continued, “Andrey needs to learn not to break down in stressful situations. The sport of elite achievement is not about learning to hit with different hands and go to play, but how long you can withstand a stressful situation.”
Rublev registered a 41-10 season with 15 consecutive ATP 500 wins in 2020. Next year, following the advice of his predecessor, the 23-year Russian might invest heavily in big tournaments. For now, the upcoming Grand Slam 2021 Australian Open is still undergoing a schedule crisis.

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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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