Andrey Rublev: 'This was my best season, and I will work hard ahead of 2021'



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Andrey Rublev: 'This was my best season, and I will work hard ahead of 2021'

The 23-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev has been one of the players to beat in 2020, making a strong start and playing even better after the restart in August. Dealing with injuries in the past two years, Andrey started to bounce back in Hamburg 2019 after reaching the final, forging a recovery path and stunning Roger Federer in Cincinnati.

In the closing stages of the year, Rublev claimed the title at home in Moscow and led Russia towards the Davis Cup Finals semi-final with four singles triumphs, gathering momentum ahead of 2020. Fresh and motivated, Andrey kicked off the year with back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide, earning 500 points and setting eyes on big goals after the coronavirus break that halted the season for five months.

Once the action returned, the Russian was ready to show his true colors, reaching consecutive Major quarter-finals and conquering three ATP 500 titles to join the elite top-10 company! Andrey lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open quarter-final, heading back to Europe and lifting the trophy in Hamburg, barely crossing the finish line ahead of Stefanos Tsitsipas.

With no time for rest, Rublev traveled to Paris and came from two sets to love down against Sam Querrey on the first Roland Garros obstacle to avoid an early setback. Following three more victories, the Russian advanced into the second Major quarter-final within a month, losing to Tsitsipas in straight sets but earning enough points to find himself in the elite ten for the first time.

It was time for an indoor season, and Andrey was ready to prove his ranking position, conquering St. Petersburg and Vienna to add 1000 points to his tally and punching the ATP Finals ticket.

Andrey Rublev won five ATP titles in 2020, more than Novak Djokovic and others.

Andrey made the London debut against the 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal, losing in straight sets after failing to create break chances.

In the second match, Rublev wasted a match point in a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas, losing chances for a place in the semis but still seeking 200 points against Dominic Thiem. The Russian toppled the Austrian 6-2, 7-5 (Thiem was already in the semis) for his first ATP Finals victory, wrapping up the season with 41 triumphs and the Tour-leading five ATP titles.

Andrey is spending a couple of weeks away from the court, taking a well-deserved rest ahead of the pre-season preparations, eager to continue where he left since September and chase notable titles in 2021. "This season turned out to be the best so far.

Now, the essential task is to keep progressing and improve my game. I have a lot of things to work on. I'm motivated to start the pre-season preparations in a week," Andrey Rublev said.