A season finale as the protagonist, between the Nitto ATP Finals and the Davis Cup. Andrey Rublev and his Russia debuted in the best possible way in the team competition that takes place between the end of November and the beginning of December: 3-0 direct to Ecuador, signed above all by the very young tennis player, one of the main flag bearers then obviously world number 2 Daniil Medvedev.
The 24-year-old Muscovite had to fight and not a little in the first match played on a hard court in Madrid, Spain. The rival Roberto Quiroz cornered him, managing to regain the disadvantage, but then the fifth in the world ranking showed all the strength and his qualities of him in the decisive group, closing the debut well.
Also in the double, Rublev came out on the court, along with Aslan Karatsev, and contributed to the success of the Escobar-Hidalago duo. At the end of the event, the Russian spoke to the media: “Experience has shown that here anyone can win, especially in the Davis Cup, a tournament in which you feel completely different from an individual race.
In this type of game, where you play for your country, anyone can beat you. We have to give everything regardless of the opponent, especially in a group stage, where every game and every victory is of fundamental importance.
Two years ago we lost the series 2-1 against Spain, but since we won the first series 3-0 we managed to qualify as one of the best runners-up: that is why we will play with our best players and options at our disposal."
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels "it is possible" for Roger Federer to make a return to the tour after his latest knee surgery. However, the Swede reckons the 40-year-old will struggle to compete with the top players.
Wilander on Roger Federer
Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander also said that Roger Federer is likely to work a reduced, low-intensity schedule in the coming season. "I don't think that Roger Federer will play too many matches on Tour," he said.
"He realizes that he does still have a chance to win - maybe not a grand slam, maybe not a final - but three or four matches. I think it's worth it for him to come back in his own mind. I'm sure Roger is curious to find out if it (comeback) can be done at the age of 41," Wilander said.
"I don't think he will know until he steps on court for at least a two or three set match against the likes of Zverev and Medvedev."