Andrey Rublev says he considers Daniil Medvedev "a family" ahead of their US Open match. In the US Open quarterfinal, Russian tennis star Rublev will be clashing against fellow Russian Medvedev. Rublev, 25, and 27-year-old Medvedev have known each other for two decades and Rublev highlights they are more than just Tour colleagues.
“I think it's something already like a family because I'm the godfather of his daughter. So, it's become a bit... Obviously, we built our relationship because of tennis, but now it's already bigger than tennis. We know each other, I don't know, since we were six maybe or something.
I don't know. We have great relationship. He's super honest, super relaxed. It's super easy to communicate with him. Very humble. In the same time, he's really, really funny. Then when you spend time with him, you always have fun,” Rublev said.
Rublev, Medvedev set for their eighth meeting
When Rublev and Medvedev meet at the US Open, it will be the eighth time that they are going against each other on the main level.
Going into their US Open match, Medvedev owns a 5-2 head-to-head record against Rublev. After Medvedev won their first four meetings, Rublev responded by winning their fifth and sixth meeting. Earlier this year, Medvedev ended Rublev's run of two consecutive wins in their matches after he beat Rublev in Doha.
Now, Rublev will be looking to make amends for the loss he suffered earlier this year. When it comes to the Grand Slam level, this will be the third time that Rublev and Medvedev are playing against each other in a Grand Slam.
In the past, Medvedev claimed a straight-set win over Rublev at the 2020 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open, respectively. It remains to be seen if Rublev can beat Medvedev and reach his Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open.