World No. 6 Andrey Rublev is thrilled to be returning to the Nitto Nitto ATP Finals this year. Rublev, 24, made his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals last year. In his debut at the prestigious season-ending event, Rublev lost two and won one Round Robin match and it wasn't enough for him to make the semifinal.
Rublev has been pretty consistent throughout the entire year, making four finals. Rublev also made semifinals on three different occasions. Rublev was the fifth player to qualify for this year's Nitto ATP Finals. "I am so happy to be back competing with the best eight players in the world," said Rublev.
"It is such a unique and prestigious tournament and I can’t wait to play in Turin."
Rublev suffered a disappointing loss in Moscow
No. 1 seed Rublev picked up a shock loss to Adrian Mannarino in his Moscow opener and later struggled in his doubles match alongside Karen Khachanov.
"Oh for sure [it affected me]. I couldn’t play doubles at all. It was played by Karen on his own,” said Rublev, per Tennishead. “I was completely devastated, emotionless, depressed and in bad thoughts. I pulled everything down, and Karen pulled it out."
Rublev admitted that he has got to improve the mental part of his game. “For now, I would say the mental part,” said the Russian. “I think this is the main [thing] in my case, because the players who are better than me, they know how to manage all these moments much better than me."
Rublev beat Mannarino in the 2019 Moscow final but two years later the Frenchman got his revenge. “Two years later, it is completely different,” Mannarino said in his on-court interview. “We have both improved.
Andrey has improved a lot more than me. Even if a player is better than you, anything can happen. I got a little bit lucky today and I am really happy with my performance."