Andrey Rublev identifies what is holding him back from big Grand Slam result



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Andrey Rublev identifies what is holding him back from big Grand Slam result

World No. 7 Andrey Rublev remains without a Grand Slam semifinal and he thinks his mental game is to blame for the latest disappointing loss. On Wednesday, Rublev suffered a tight five-set loss in the French Open quarterfinal as Marin Cilic defeated the Russian 5-7 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (2).

Rublev, 24, reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open in 2017. Now, five years later, Rublev is a five-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist. Rublev was hoping to make a Grand Slam breakthrough at the French Open but he fell short yet again.

"No, mental. Everything mental. I couldn't manage, all the time I couldn't manage the emotions the previous times. And now it was the closest ever time that I was able, yeah, to go through to be in the semis. Then again, the same thing, I didn't manage the emotions.

I don't know if I did better compared to other matches. At least I did a better score and I was closer than in (my) other (Grand Slam quarterfinal) matches, but still, (it) is the same thing," Rublev explained, per Musab Abid.

Cilic praised Rublev

Rublev saved a match point in the 10th game of the fifth set to force a tie-break but didn't have the strength to pull of a win. Rublev failed to deliver when it mattered the most as Cilic dominated the fifth set tie-break with a 10-2 score.

“Andrey plays a difficult game," said Cilic. "Serves big, hits big. You don’t have many chances and you have to keep up with your level and I did that. Unfortunately, I lost that fourth set. I felt I was close to get the break maybe, but Andrey played really well and when you play this long it’s always going to be a little bit up and down during the match”.

Rublev's next chance for a first big Grand Slam result will be at the US Open. In April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian players.