“One of Three Best Players in the World”: Dominic Thiem Heaps Huge Praise on Andrey Rublev

Published 03/28/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


World No. 8 Andrey Rublev is taking the tennis world by storm. His performances in recent months have earned him high praise from the top athletes in the sport. In the previous season, he won eight titles out of the ten finals he was part of, which is an impressive feat for any player.

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Recently, Andrey Rublev was praised by Austrian tennis sensation Dominic Thiem. The World No. 4 player considers his Russian rival among the top three current players on Tour. He remembered his last three disappointing losses against Rublev and hopes to get his revenge soon. They are scheduled to play an exhibition event in Mexico City later this year. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates with a trophy after winning the Rotterdam Open REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Dominic Thiem lost his previous three matches against Andrey Rublev

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Speaking highly of Andrey, Dominic stated, “He is one of the three best players in the world right now. He’s on an unbelievable streak, he’s already won Rotterdam, already won a title. I’ve lost the last three matches against him on Tour. Well, maybe I’ll get my revenge before our match in Mexico. But if not, hopefully, I can get my revenge there.”

We’re still in the early stages of the season, and Rublev already claimed his first title of the season in Rotterdam. Prior to that, he’d helped Russia lift the ATP Cup for the first time. At the Australian Open, he made it to the quarterfinal before going down to his Russian counterpart, Daniil Medvedev.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his third-round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

On the other hand, Thiem has not begun the season in line with his high standards. Although he lost early at the Australian Open, he registered one of the most impressive wins of the season against Nick Kyrgios.

At the moment, Rublev is in Miami, competing at the first Masters 1000 event of the season. With the absence of the Big Three, the younger ones will relish the opportunity to clinch the title. Thiem, however, has decided to skip the event and focus on the upcoming clay season.

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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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