“He Could Die on Court”: Andrey Rublev Inspired by Rafael Nadal’s Ability To Fight Till the End

Published 03/17/2021, 8:42 AM EDT
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the first set against Karen Khachanov of Russia during their men’s singles quarter final match on day twelve of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal will go down in history as the most dominant player to have played on a clay court. The success achieved by the 34-year-old player is unmatched. He has won the French Open thirteen times in his career so far. Besides Roland Garros, he has won multiple titles on the clay courts of Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome Masters.

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Recently, Rafael Nadal was praised by the rising Russian star Andrey Rublev. The 23-year-old player was inspired by the Spaniard’s ability to fight till the end in his matches over the years. He also felt that the youngsters on Tour should seek inspiration from Rafa to try to win a title at Roland Garros

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning a set during his fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

Andrey Rublev: “Rafael Nadal is someone who will always fight to the end”

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The 2020 French Open quarterfinalist stated, “He is someone who will always fight to the end, no matter what. He could die on the court but he would continue to play. Nadal has won 13 French Open titles. It should motivate us all to try to win it at least once.”

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The Russian recently reached the quarterfinal of the Australian Open. In doing so, he has reached the quarterfinals of the last three Grand Slam events, which indicates his level of consistency. Andrey won the Rotterdam Open last week and continues to shine. In the previous season, he won five titles on the ATP Tour. 

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

On the other hand, Rafa began his season in Melbourne at the Australian Open. He lost in the quarterfinal but suffered from a back problem during the entire tournament. He recently announced that he would miss the Miami Open this year as he is yet to recover and feel 100% fit.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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