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



by DZEVAD MESIC

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.

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