“Incredible Level and High Intensity”: Andrey Rublev Expresses Admiration for Dominic Thiem

Published 01/03/2021, 2:11 AM EST
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Dominic Thiem of Austria congratulates Andrey Rublev of Russia for winning the quarter finals match on day seven of the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament at Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)


World No. 8 Russia’s Andrey Rublev ended with most titles on the ATP Tour in 2020. For the first Slam of 2021, he will train with World No. 3 Austria’s Dominic Thiem during quarantine in Melbourne Park.

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Both Thiem and Rublev, showed great promise in their professional career last year. The Austrian claimed his maiden Grand Slam, while the Russian claimed 5 titles and the most wins in 2020 (41). He was equal with Novak Djokovic in this stat.

The two Top 10 players are now looking forward to bringing out the best in each other ahead of the Australian Open. Rublev believes that even spectators would like to watch their training sessions.

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World No. 1 Serbia’s Djokovic and compatriot Filip Krajinovic will join Thiem and Rublev after two weeks in Australia. To train with the record-holder at the Australian Open, Djokovic, is definitely a great advantage for them.

Rublev on training sessions with Dominic Thiem

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Among their 5 matches, Rublev holds an advantage at 3-2.  Interestingly, Thiem won their first two encounters but has failed in the last three in straight sets.

However, as far as training goes, the Russian has found his perfect match in the Austrian. So much so that Rublev considers their sessions as great to watch events.

“Dominic Thiem is one of the players that I like to train with the most. We have training sessions at an incredible level and with high intensity,” the Russian said.

He continued, “If spectators were allowed to watch training sessions as before, they’d like them a lot. We have high speed, the ball is in play for a long time, we relish how everything turns out. I am certain that it would be great to watch such a training session.”

Apart from training and tennis, the Russian has also got a liking of Thiem’s character. Rublev added, “He [Dominic] is also a very good guy, friendly and kind.”

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Last year’s finalist at Melbourne Park, Thiem would love to win his second Slam. In his defense, he is now confident enough to put in everything to achieve his target.

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Rublev, who hasn’t had so much luck in big tournaments, will look to change that this year. He is, indeed, one of the best next-generation players in tennis.

Thiem and Rublev are always ready to compete at their highest level. Therefore, it will not be wise to bet against the two in the next season. Who are you betting on to have a prime 2021 ATP season?

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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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