Andrey Rublev has been one of the players of the season alongside Novak Djokovic. The 23-year-old Russian claimed 34 wins from 41 matches in 2020 and lifted four ATP titles to join Djokovic at the top of the list. Andrey cracked the top-10 for the first time last week, carrying that momentum towards the ATP 500 title at home in St.
Petersburg that gave him two more positions on the ATP list. Andrey became world no. 8 on Monday, adding 500 points to his tally and increasing chances of reaching the ATP Finals for the first time. The president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, was pleased how Andrey fought in St.
Petersburg, saying he would have reached this level already in 2019 had he stayed healthy. A former junior no. 1 had to deal with injuries in 2018 and 2019, dropping out from the top-100 in February last year and starting all over to become one of the world's best players.
Rublev kicked off the current season with titles in Doha and Adelaide, reaching the quarter-final at the US Open and Roland Garros and lifting two ATP 500 crowns in Hamburg and St. Petersburg. The Russian is on a 19-4 run since the season restart, hoping to keep that boost and secure the London ticket.
Roger Federer will not compete at the ATP Finals and Andrey is currently seventh in the Race, ahead of Diego Schwartzman, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, Denis Shapovalov and Roberto Bautista Agut. In St. Peterburg final, Rublev defeated Borna Coric 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 39 minutes, never facing a break point and stealing the opening set's tie break from 5-2 down.
With a boost on his side, the Russian scored a single break in set number two, enough to push him over the top and secure the fourth ATP trophy of the season. "Andrey's progress is related to professional work; I'm thrilled he was able to get into the process quickly after a severe injury.
He was our leading player before that setback. He has now reached the level he should have had at the end of last year. Rublev is an aggressive player at any cost who dictates the rallies. He should work on the tactical variability of his game and the second serve.
If he improves some elements of his game, he should achieve a lot. As far as I know, Roger Federer will not play the ATP Finals and Andrey is the seventh in the Race at the moment. There is only one notable tournament left by the end of the regular season, and Andrey has to beat the players like Diego Schwartzman and Roberto Bautista Agut to reach London," Shamil Tarpishchev said.