World No. 5 Andrey Rublev admitted it was a super tough match against 171st-ranjed Elias Ymer at the Davis Cup Finals. Rublev, who made his second ATP Finals appearance last month, entered the match as the big favorite over Ymer.
However, it was all but easy for Rublev as the Swede made the Russian work hard for victory. Rublev managed to seal a tight win as he edged out Ymer 6-2 5-7 7-6 (3) in the opening rubber of the tie. “Today was a super tough match,” Rublev said after the match, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“I didn’t manage to finish the match when I had a really great chance. I missed some easy balls and that bring him back to the game and since that moment he raised his level. He started to feel confident and he started to play much better and then it was 7-6 in the third”.
Ymer played without pressure against Rublev
Rublev was up by a set and had a 5-3 lead in the second set but Ymer stunningly recovered to force a decider. Ymer managed to hold on to his serve the whole third set and force a tie-break but Rublev came up big in the key moments to avoid a shock loss.
After the match Rublev was asked about the pressure of playing a lower-ranked player. “The guys have nothing to lose, so they go for it, they go for their shots and play without fear and in my case I know I have to win so you start to play less aggressive and you start to miss a bit more.
You start to think more and as soon as you think more you have more problems. In the end I managed to win and that’s the most important thing”. Russia progressed into the semifinal at the Davis Cup Finals after Daniil Medvedev beat Mikael Ymer in the following rubber.
Rublev and Medvedev have had great seasons and they are determined to cap off their season with their maiden Davis Cup title.