In an interview with Sport Express, Andrey Rublev's coach Fernando Vicente spoke about his exchanges with Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya. "We have a good relationship. We speak a lot. And also about tennis. He is a good coach, even if he has a better player than mine," said Vicente, laughing.
On his co-operation with Rublev, the Spaniard said: "We have been working together for almost four years. When Andrey came to Barcelona for the first time, I thought, Oh, there is so much work to do! He was a kid who just hit the ball without any meaning.
And we needed to work on his body which was not ready at all. Last year he had a stress fracture on his back. So you first of all needed to make things easier. He wanted it to happen as quickly as possible, but you first need to grow both mentally and physically, to understand how to play.
So I thought he could become a good tennis player. But until when I did not get to know him correctly as a person, dreaming something big was impossible. Our second season together was amazing: Andrey reached the US Open quarter-finals but I thought it was too early.
He was not ready for it. I cannot say he was unlucky at the time because after all, he won very good matches. "We go to tournaments together during the whole year. We sleep together, we eat together, we train together. We need to have a goos relationship, otherwise nothing.
Andrey is like a brother to me. Many people say I look like his father..." Rublev lost to Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna this week. Berrettini will break into the top-10 of the ATP rankings next week after this result. The Italian is also eighth in the Race to London.