World No. 7 Andrey Rublev shared a strong message after winning his Dubai semifinal clash as he wrote on the camera lens: "No war please." On Thursday, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.
After beating Mackenzie McDonald in the Dubai quarterfinal, Rublev revealed he has received "bad comments" on social media following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
On Friday, Rublev survived a thriller against Hubert Hurkacz as he edged out the Pole 3-6 7-5 7-6 (5) to reach the Dubai final. “I’m feeling super happy and super tired," Rublev said after the match, per the ATP website.
"I could not imagine that it would happen this week again, that I would be in a final, and I’m just happy."
Rublev on the verge of winning back-to-back titles
Last week, Rublev defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Marseille final.
Rublev is now a win away from winning back-to-back titles. Rublev admitted that he is tired and reflected on Stefanos Tsitsipas pulling it off in the past. "I could not imagine how [Stefanos] Tsitsipas did it twice, because two years in a row he won the title in Marseille and [reached] the final in Dubai.
I was thinking that was impossible to do, and somehow I did it this year. I still don't know even myself how I did it, so let's see what happens next." Rublev plays in the final Jiri Vesely, who stunned Denis Shapovalov.
“Vesely is playing really great this week, he beat so many good players," said Rublev. "Novak [Djokovic], [Roberto] Bautista Agut. These two players have huge respect on tour, and obviously Novak is No. 1., and he [Vesely] beat both of them, which means this week he’s played incredible tennis.
Shapo [Shapovalov] is Shapo. I’ve played some tough matches against him and he’s an amazing player with great strokes, so we’ll see what’s going to happen”.