'It was right before match with Rafael Nadal...', says Top 10

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'It was right before match with Rafael Nadal...', says Top 10

Andrey Rublev is playing really great tennis in this first part of 2021, which saw him author of a further qualitative leap compared to last year. The 23-year-old Russian has just reached his first career final in a 1000 in Monte Carlo.

Although he had to surrender to a wild Stefanos Tsitsipas, he was in some ways the h*ttest player in the Monegasque tournament. After winning a thrilling marathon against Robert Bautista Agut, the Muscovite took away the satisfaction of eliminating 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.

It can be assumed that Andrey paid the effort in the last act, given that the Greek had to spend much less energy thanks to a smoother draw. There is not even time for Rublev to recharge his batteries, as he will already be involved in the Barcelona ATP this week.

When he received the wild card from the organizers of the Catalan tournament, Fernando Vicente's protégé did not imagine that he would go this far in the Principality. He admitted it himself in the last press conference in Monte Carlo.

Rublev’s incredible 2021 season

“When I confirmed to play Barcelona, it was right before match with Rafael Nadal,” Andrey Rublev said smiling. “I was thinking in my head that Friday probably I will be already in Barcelona”.

Andrey Rublev's wait for a maiden Masters 1000 title continues as he lost 6-3, 6-3 to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday. The defeat was Rublev’s fourth against Tsitsipas out of a total of seven meetings on tour.

"If we look at today's game, it is clear that he has been better than me," Andrey Rublev said. "If we talk more in-depth, the truth is that I have looked very tired after all the games I have played, exhausted.

But it's not an excuse, he's just been better than me, that's all. He is one of the best tennis players on the circuit, and one against whom I have played the most times. I feel joy and sadness at the same time," Rublev said.

"I feel happy for the week I did, but I feel super sad for the final because I couldn't show my game, I couldn't fight for the victory, I couldn't win. Obviously, I'm happy with the week I had, I beat great players, I beat one of the best in history, so it represents a very special week, regardless of the end.

But of course, being in games like this one, what you want is to win the title," Rublev said. "I don't always go the way you want, today it happened to me, I was completely exhausted. Stefanos, for his part, showed a great level of play and better than me."