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ANDREY RUBLEV

Nationality:
Russian Federation
Height:
188cm
Age:
25
Points:
4270
RANKING
#7

Player history

Andrey Rublev was born in Moscow on October 20, 1997. In singles he won 12 ATP titles out of 17 finals played. In Grand Slam tournaments, he has reached the quarterfinals on seven occasions: three times at the US Open (2017, 2020 and 2022), twice at Roland Garros (2020 and 2022) and twice at the Australian Open (2021 and 2023). He also won the ATP Cup and Davis Cup with Russia in 2021, as well as Olympic gold in mixed doubles partnering Anastasia Pavlyucenkova at the 2020 Tokyo Games. In the ATP rankings, he reached 5th place in singles in November 2021, while in doubles the 67th place on May 24 of the same year.

His father, Andrey Rublev Sr, is a former professional boxer turned restaurant manager. His mother, Marina Marenko, is a tennis coach at the Spartak Tennis Club where she followed the first steps in the career of Anna Kurnikova, who would become No. 8 in singles and No. 1 in doubles in the WTA rankings, obtaining the medal at the 2009 Order of Merit for the Fatherland. On his mother's side he has a half-sister Anna Arina Marenko, a former tennis player and in turn coach, born on January 2, 1992. Andrey has Austrian origins on his paternal grandmother's side and is very grateful to his grandparents for raising him, having spent five days a week together to them up to 15 years.

In 2013 Sergey Tarasevic became his coach and later he was replaced by Fernando Vicente. Rublev regularly studied the matches of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic. He admired the latter's serve, Federer's net play and forehand, while Nadal's footwork.

He is a boxing and basketball lover, a Mike Tyson sympathizer, and a fan of the NBA Golden State Warriors. In his spare time he creates electronic music, inspired by Martin Garrix and Alan Walker. Nicknamed Ruble, like the Russian currency, he is fluent in Russian, English and Spanish.

Career

Rublev made his professional debut in July 2013 on the ITF Tour at Futures F6 in Bulgaria reaching the quarterfinals. Also in Bulgaria he reached his first Futures final in doubles. The following month he played his first ITF final in singles at the Belarus F1 tournament losing in three sets against the landlord Jahor HerasimaĆ­. In October he tries for the first time to qualify for a tournament on the ATP circuit at the ATP 250 in Moscow, but is immediately eliminated again by Gerasimov. In November he won his first trophy at the Futures USA F31 in Bradenton, beating Martins Podzus in the final in three sets. During the season he quickly climbs the world rankings and in November he reaches the best ranking in 643rd position.

He begins the 2014 season in February, in the qualifications of the Astana Challenger of the ATP Challenger Tour and is eliminated in the second match. In March he won his second Futures in the Kazakhstan F2 tournament beating Yaraslau Shyla in the final; immediately afterwards, thanks to a wild card, he made his debut in the main draw of a Challenger tournament at the Kazan Kremlin Cup and was defeated in the first round in both singles and doubles. In May he won his first doubles title at Futures Czech Republic F1 partnering Andriej Kapas and in singles he won his third Futures title at Russia F3 in Moscow, also reaching the final in the doubles tournament. In September he made his Davis Cup debut against Portugal in the second round of the Euro-African Zone Group I play-offs.

In 2016, Rublev started the season at the Chennai Open by losing to defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round. After a series of defeats in the Challengers and in the ATP tournaments, on 6 March he won the first Challenger tournament in singles by beating Paul-Henri Mathieu in the final in the Quimper tournament. He reaches 161st place in the standings, his new best ranking. Immediately afterwards he began training at the Slam4 Academy in Barcelona and began collaborating with coach Fernando Vicente. He qualified in Istanbul and was defeated in the first round. He fails to qualify for Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open. He was called up to the Davis Cup for the second round against the Netherlands and beat Robin Haase in three sets. The disappointing results at the end of the summer took him back beyond the 200th place in the ranking and he regained ground by appearing well in the Challenger tournaments.

In 2017, Andrey qualified for the Australian Open main draw for the first time and won his first Grand Slam match by beating Lu Yen-hsun 4–6, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3 in the first round, before surrendering to world number one Andy Murray in three sets. Instead, he overcomes the qualifications at Roland Garros for the first time in his career and in the first round he is defeated in four sets by Diego Schwartzman. At Wimbledon he beat Stefano Travaglia in the first round and was eliminated by Albert Ramos Viñolas in the second round with both matches being decided in the fifth set.

He failed in qualifying in Umag, stopped in the decisive act by Attila Balázs, but thanks to Borna Coric's withdrawal, he entered the main draw as a lucky loser. In the first round he overtook Carlos Berlocq 6–2, 6–4, in the second round he defeated Andrej Martin 7–6, 7–5, in the quarterfinals he eliminated defending champion Fabio Fognini with a score of 65-7, 6-2, 7-62 after three hours of play and in the semifinal he beat Ivan Dodig 7–6, 6–1. He thus reached his first final and on 23 July he beat 6–4, 6–2 Paolo Lorenzi, conquering his first ATP title.

At the US Open he defeated Aljaz Bedene in three sets in the first round, in the second round he eliminated the No. 7 seed and fresh winner of the Western & Southern Open Grigor Dimitrov with a score of 7–5, 7–6, 6–3. In the third round he beat Damir Dzumhur, his best result in New York, in four sets, and in the round of 16 he defeated the No. 9 seed David Goffin 7–5, 7–6, 6–3. He thus reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, and was eliminated by Rafael Nadal with a clear 6–1, 6–2, 6–2. Thanks to this result he rises to position number 37.

In 2019, after the annoying back injury occurred in the previous season, and after falling beyond the hundredth position in the standings, he reached the final at the Indian Wells Challenger and was defeated by world number twenty-seven Kyle Edmund 3–6, 2– 6. He then enters the main draw of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 as a lucky loser thanks to the withdrawal of Pablo Carreño Busta. He passes the qualifiers in Miami and in the main draw he eliminates Taro Daniel and the world number eleven Marin Cilic, but in the third round he is defeated by Denis Shapovalov. Thanks to these results, he is back in the top hundred, at number 90.

At the ATP World Tour 500 series in Hamburg and reaches his first category final. In the first round he beats Garín, in the second he surpasses Casper Ruud and in the quarterfinals he gets the better of world number 4 Dominic Thiem, thus conquering his first semifinal of the season and his first victory against the top 10 in his career. In the penultimate act he beats Pablo Carreño Busta, but in the final he has to surrender to Nikoloz Basilasvili. Thanks to this result he climbs to 49th position.

At the US Open he beat the top 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round and in the second he took advantage of the withdrawal of Gilles Simon, who was behind by a set, in the third he overtook Nick Kyrgios in three sets. In the round of 16 he gives in to Matteo Berrettini in three sets. Despite the defeat he rises to 38th position in the ranking. At the Moscow tournament he reached his second final of the season, beating former world number three Marin Cilic in the semifinals. On his birthday, in the final he beat Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, thus winning his second ATP title in singles.

In 2020 Rubkev wins five titles. At the beginning of 2020 he reached the final in Doha beating Michail Kukuskin, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Miomir Kecmanović in that order. In the title match he beat youngster Corentin Moutet 6–2, 7–6. He repeated the following week in Adelaide, where he defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets, Daniel Evans and Félix Auger-Aliassime in three before securing the title by defeating Lloyd Harris 6–3, 6–0. At the Australian Open he extended his streak to eleven by overcoming Christopher O'Connell, Yuichi Sugita and David Goffin, only to lose in the round of 16 to Alexander Zverev with a score of 4–6, 4–6, 4–6.

He reaches the third final of the season at the Hamburg European Open beating Tennys Sandgren, Tommy Paul, Roberto Bautista Agut and Casper Ruud. In the last act he beats Stefanos Tsitsipas with the score of 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, recovering from 3–5 in the last set, thus conquering his first ATP 500 trophy and landing in 12th place of the ranking. He returns to the field in St. Petersburg and reaches his fourth final of the season, overcoming Vasek Pospisil, Ugo Humbert, Cameron Norrie and Denis Shapovalov.

In the last act he beats Borna Coric with the score of 7–6, 6–4 and thus conquers the second consecutive ATP 500. At the next Vienna Open he reached his fifth final of the season; in the race for the title he prevails over Norbert Gombos, takes advantage of Jannik Sinner's retirement after just three games of play, gets rid of Dominic Thiem for 7–6 6–2, while in the semifinal Kevin Anderson retires on a score of 6–4 4 –1 in favor of Russian. He won the third ATP 500 final by beating Lorenzo Sonego, lucky loser and executioner of number one Novak Dokovic. 

In 2021, Rublev opens the season by securing Russia's first triumph in the ATP Cup alongside Daniil Medvedev, Aslan Karacev and Yevgeny Donskoj, winning all matches in singles. Won eighth career title in Rotterdam, as well as fourth straight ATP 500 title in which he competed, losing just one set during the tournament, extending his streak in ATP 500 tournaments to 20.

He represents Russia at the Tokyo Olympics in all three specialties. Paired with Anastasija Pavlyuchenkova, she won the gold medal in the mixed doubles against her compatriots Karatsev and Elena Vesnina, defeated in the final with a score of 6–3 6–7 13–11. At the end of the season he won the Davis Cup with Russia.

2022 sees him triumph in 4 tournaments: Marseille, Dubai, Belgrade and Gijon. At the 2023 Australian Open, he was defeated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

Style of play

Rublev's best weapon is his forehand, his favorite shot, and has a dangerous and consistent two-handed backhand. His running forehand is especially lethal due to his consistency and comfort with his shot, making many passing shots with it. Rublev is often hyper-aggressive and can get into situations where he makes consecutive unforced errors, causing technical and mental difficulties to follow. However, he can also demonstrate periods where entitlement to him is elusive. He says he doesn't prefer a particular tennis surface.

Rublev has a powerful first serve often reaching 125+ mph. Her second serve, however, is disappointing due to the high number of double faults during matches, as well as being much slower than her first. In 2020, Yevgeny Kafelnikov had the following to say about Rublev's game: "I think his whole game, he just has some elements of junior tennis, hitting the ball harder and harder. If he improves in those two departments, his footwork and second serve, his whole game will change."

The Russian focused on the mental aspect of tennis in an exclusive interview with Clay: "Recognizing your weakness is the first step. Many people don't want to accept that they have weaknesses, perhaps because they fear that others will learn more about them. I have known my weakness for many years. For me the mental aspect is the hardest part.

It's easier to improve technically and physically. Perhaps other players will struggle to improve their backhand and can easily control the mental part. Each person has his strengths and weaknesses. I'm very emotional and I take everything very personally... and tennis obviously is everything to me. Every game, every point counts for me. This is why improving mentally takes time. Obviously I want to get the most out of it.

Win a Grand Slam and be number one. But everyone wants to win. Time will tell if I can achieve my goals. Djokovic and Nadal keep winning? They are among the greatest in history and coincidentally belong to the same era. In addition, they have an amazing experience thanks to the path they have gone through in tennis. So they know exactly what to do at the right time."

Private life

Rublev is an Orthodox Christian and can be regularly seen crossing himself after matches. Rublev's girlfriend is Anastasiya Humotova, a tennis coach and player. The couple met in 2016 while practicing tennis. Humotova plays tennis for the WTA but isn't as big as her boyfriend Rublev, the two have been in a relationship for almost 5 years. Humotova is of Latvian origin and has lived in Moscow since her childhood.

On Instagram, the winner of twelve ATP titles what this new line of clothing means to him, which goes beyond simple field clothing: the message is one of hope and kindness.

"Here is a doze of migraine to your heads. I know I'm depressive and always have been thinking about life and death for too much, but before my days will end I will keep fighting for what I believe, what I love and who I love. We been working on something important and close to me. And we would like to share with you something that can be bigger then just a brand, something that can help people, planet. Something that will be a symbol of hope and kindness. It’s gonna be an interesting year and hopefully all together we will be able to add a bit of light in this dark world."

 A strong message, which is linked to the depression he has suffered from over the years and which he has told in many previous interviews.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Rublev earned an estimated prize money of $13,022,859. As of 2022, he has earned $2,913,191 from his he tournament victories. The Russian has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars. Andrey Rublev doesn't own a house in his name as he said he doesn't have enough due to covid. Rublev has been endorsed by Nike for apparel and shoes, Head for racquets, Italian luxury brand Bulgari for watches, and Penhaligon's for perfumes. He was approved by Wilson for rackets.

Last year Andrey Rublev gave life to a project that he brought to the stage in 2023, showing it for the first time in the first tournament of the season, Adelaide 1's Atp 250, his new clothing line. But only for one match, as the Russian number two lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian tournament.

On this occasion, Rublev took off his Nike clothes and put on the new sportswear line of the number eight tennis player in the world, named Rublo. As far as can be learned from the match lost against the Spaniard, there is no longer a contract with the previous sportswear brand, but the Russian continues to wear their shoes.

Titles

2022

Gijon (Indoor/Hard)
Belgrade (Outdoor/Clay)
Dubai (Outdoor/Hard)
Marseille (Indoor/Hard)

2021

Rotterdam (Indoor/Hard)

2020

Vienna (Indoor/Hard)
St. Petersburg (Indoor/Hard)
Hamburg (Outdoor/Clay)
Adelaide (Outdoor/Hard)
Doha (Outdoor/Hard)

2019

Moscow (Indoor/Hard)

2017

Umag (Outdoor/Clay)

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