The 22-year-old Andrey Rublev opened the season in Doha, beating Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round and hoping for another deep run just like two years ago when he was the finalist. The young Russian is currently ranked 23rd, playing mostly injury-free in the season behind us and gaining 45 places on the ATP ranking list, ready for even stronger performance in 2020.
Suffering a back injury in the spring of 2018 and dropping out from the top-100 in February last year, Andrey hit the winning road again at Indian Wells and Miami, skipping Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros before reaching the final in Hamburg and the quarter-final in Cincinnati where he defeated Roger Federer.
After the fourth round at the US Open, Andrey lifted the trophy at home in Moscow and wrapped up the season with four singles wins at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, getting ready for more of the same in the following months.
Speaking about the players from the top and the upcoming generation, Rublev admitted Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are still at the top but not rulling out the possibility to see the change at the throne, with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and others who are already challenging them at the biggest tournaments.
"The top guys are still good, they will still win some big tournaments, but the new generation is coming. There are so many young players now. For sure, if you ask me now is the best moment for the young guys to win the Grand Slams and other big tournaments," Rublev said.
"In London last year, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were there for the younger generation, fighting against Roger Federer."