Andrey Rublev comments on beating each Big Three member



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Andrey Rublev comments on beating each Big Three member

World No. 8 Andrey Rublev defeated Novak Djokovic to win the Serbia Open and to achieve something that not many players have been able to do - to clinch at least one win over each Big Three group members. On Sunday, Rublev saw off world No.

1 Djokovic 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-0 to win his third title of the year in Belgrade. Rublev, who was beaten by Djokovic in their first meeting at the ATP Finals last year, now has a 1-1 head-to-head versus Djokovic. Rublev has played Roger Federer as he beat the Swiss at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters.

Against Rafael Nadal, Rublev lost the first two meetings before stunning the Spaniard at the Monte Carlo Masters last year. "It's clear that it's insanely nice," Rublev told Kommersant. Playing such outstanding masters at different stages of your career, you get a new experience every time that helps in the future."

Rublev admits Grand Slam titles would mean more to him

"But all this still cannot be compared with the titles, especially those won at the masters and Grand Slam tournaments," he added. The Belgrade crowd stood behind Djokovic but were pretty fair toward Rublev.

"That's very cool. And the fact that the whole stadium was rooting for Novak... So it's absolutely normal," Rublev said. "I knew perfectly well that it couldn't be otherwise." Djokovic made the final after clinching three wins in three sets, while Rublev dropped only one set en route to reaching the final.

Rublev was asked if he felt his chances of winning increased as the match progressed. "No. Novak, unlike me, had a day of rest before the final, and it seemed to me that he would have time to rest," Rublev said.

"In addition, I remember well how many times Djokovic managed to recover from marathons at Grand Slam tournaments. That's why I didn't feel my superiority physically."