Andrey Rublev: I was trying to let Stefanos Tsitsipas be leader



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Andrey Rublev: I was trying to let Stefanos Tsitsipas be leader

World No. 5 Andrey Rublev revealed he was trying to let Stefanos Tsitsipas be the leader on the court at the beginning of their doubles clash at the Laver Cup. Rublev and Tsitsipas, who represent Team Europe, edged out Team World's John Isner and Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (8) 6-3 10-4.

Rublev and Tsitsipas were playing together for the first time and they managed to pull off a comeback win on Saturday night in Boston. “The thing is in my head I was trying to [let] Stefanos just to be the leader on the court… especially in the first set,” Rublev said, per the Laver Cup website.

“But then, since the second set I started to play really well. In the [match] tiebreak both of us played unbelievable”.

Tsitsipas admitted it took time for him and Rublev to adjust

After losing the first set, Rublev and Tsitsipas started playing much better and it showed.

“It took time to adjust. Me and Andrey, I think it was the first time we were playing together, but definitely very glad with the quality of tennis we brought on the court the second set and later,” Tsitsipas said.

“It was a thrilling match and we just managed to close it in the best possible fashion with a stellar performance in a [match] tiebreak”. Before their doubles clash, Tsitsipas spoke positively of Rublev, saying he didn't expect the Russian to be so funny.

"Andrey, I honestly didn't expect him to be so funny. He's the funniest guy of the group. He hasn't stopped cracking jokes and just being entertaining," Tsitsipas said of Rublev. Tsitsipas also spoke positively of Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev.

Zverev recently called out Tsitsipas over lengthy bathroom breaks but they seem to be fine now. "Sascha is also a very nice guy, too. Has a good sense of humour, as well," Tsitsipas said of Zverev.