Despite Successful Season, Andrey Rublev Desires to Swap Titles With Daniil Medvedev

November 26, 2020 5:25 pm

Andrey Rublev. was one of the breakout performers in the 2020 season. The Russian had an unreal season with a record five titles and a joint record of 41 victories. He is hungry to prove himself and win more. In a recent interview with Sport24, Rublev expressed his happiness over his achievements. But he also revealed that he would leave the victories record to win bigger tournaments like the ATP Finals triumph by his compatriot Daniil Medvedev.

“In terms of victories, Djokovic and I finished the same way. But I would rather choose indicators like Dani’s – to win the Masters in Bercy and the Final. Or even just the Final.”

Daniil Medvedev celebrates with the ATP Finals trophy. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Rublev finds himself level with Novak Djokovic with 41 victories in 2020. And he won five titles which consisted of three ATP 500 titles and two ATP 250 titles.

“But it’s still a cool feeling, for fun. The very fact that we managed to win a lot of matches. This is a record, I have never had such a number.”

Rublev’s words indicate that he wants more because he would trade the 41 victories for one great run at a bigger tournament.

Russian Grand Slam champ, Marat Safin, also had one criticism for Rublev’s 2020 season. He wanted Rublev to win more of the Masters tournaments and Grand Slams.

“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.”

Andrey Rublev celebrates with the Vienna Open trophy. Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Before 2019, Rublev went past the 4th round stage of a Grand Slam just once since making his Grand Slam debut in 2015. But in 2020, he made quarterfinal appearances at the French Open as well as the US Open. And this ultimately resulted in him making his ATP Finals debut. Hence, if he continues the upward trend, a good show at a Grand Slam will be a formality.

Many of Rublev’s peers were not surprised with his 2020 gains and expect him to challenge further. Let’s see how he performs in 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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. Bhavishya admires the fast and grueling nature of 21st-century tennis with him considering Roger Federer a standout performer.

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