Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev joked he and fellow compatriot Aslan Karatsev realized at the Indian Wells Masters that they're capable of playing well in doubles. Rublev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, and world No. 24 Karatsev are primariy focused on singles but in Indian Wells they put up a good run in the doubles event.
Unfortunately for Rublev and Karatsev, they fell just short of winning the title as John Peers and Filip Polasek beat the Russian duo 6-3 7-6 (5) in the final. "I always enjoy playing here. I want to say big thanks to our team, big thanks to Aslan for an amazing week.
We found out that we can play good in doubles as well. So it's a great news for us," Rublev said on-court during trophy ceremony.
Rublev and Karatsev failed to lift their maiden team title
Rublev and Karatsev were aiming to lift their first title as a team but Peers and Polasek ended up capturing their maiden team title.
“It’s always great fun getting back to the desert and playing here,” Peers said. “To be able to say we have won the title here is very special. We started pretty slow as a team but we put in some good work pre-US Open.
“It’s been a lot of fun since and we’ve continued to work and enjoy playing together. We’re riding the doubles rollercoaster and will try to get results like this more often. We’re looking forward to continuing together."
Peers and Polasek dropped just one set en route to winning Indian Wells. ”I’m really happy the way we played,” Polasek said. “We came here early, which helped us to adapt to the conditions. It was very different to play in the day than in the night sessions, which we played in our last matches, and we were probably able to adapt the best of all teams”.