Among the great protagonists of the 2020 season there is certainly Andrey Rublev, the only player together with Novak Djokovic capable of winning four titles in this very strange year. After reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, the Russian has imposed himself in front of the public friend of St.
Petersburg by relaunching his ambitions to qualify for the London Masters. The young Muscovite, who has scored 37 victories in 2020 so far, has also decided to participate in the Sofia tournament, where he will be forced to start from the qualifications (not having registered in time).
Rublev's career took a big turn last year in Cincinnati, when he eliminated Roger Federer in two sets and finally gained awareness in his means. In a recent interview with Sport Express, Andrey praised the availability of the 20-time Grand Slam champion off the court, an aspect that never ceases to amaze colleagues and professionals.
Rublev on Roger Federer
"I can only say positive things about Roger Federer," the 22-year-old said. "He is one of the best tennis players in history, yet he is very easy to talk to. He emits only positive (vibes).The communication (with him) is mostly normal: 'How are you?', 'How was your match?', 'Did you manage to have a rest?' Nothing more.
With Rafael Nadal, the level of communication is about the same as with Roger," Andrey Rublev went on. "Perhaps, if I had taken the initiative, they would have shared some advice with me. But all I wanted to know was there in their interviews.
For example, Nadal constantly explains how he tunes in for matches. So there are no secrets." Federer’s situation now is an echo of 2016, when he took off the last six months of the year because of knee trouble and returned to competition the following January in Australia.
On that occasion he capped a remarkable return by winning two of the next three Grand Slam titles, at Melbourne and Wimbledon. By the following February, after winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, he had even recaptured top spot in the world rankings.
His fans will no doubt be hoping for a repeat performance, but while you learn never to write off the player widely acknowledged as the greatest in history, to win another Grand Slam title would surely amount to the mother of all comebacks.
Provided he is fit you can be pretty sure that Federer will be competitive again, but whether he can hold off the combined forces of his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and a pack of hungry young pretenders is another matter.