World No. 5 Andrey Rublev admitted he had a relaxed approach during the Davis Cup Finals group stage and in the quarterfinal and that was the reason why he struggled in matches where he was the big favorite. After four matches in which he struggled, Rublev destroyed German Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-0 to help Russia beat Germany and progress into the final at the Davis Cup Finals.
“In other matches I was feeling I'm winning quite easy, I don't need to do much effort, and in the end I was completely relaxed”, Rublev said afterwards, per the Davis Cup Finals website. “I was giving up to the other guy.
Then I was losing or winning in three sets. The difference today was since the beginning, I was pumped, I was try more on winning, to play as better as I can, to not give any hope, any chance. In the end I was able to win quite easy”.
Rublev clinched his first convincing win
During the group stage, Rublev beat Roberto Quiroz in three sets and suffered a shock loss to Feliciano Lopez. In the quarterfinal tie against Sweden, Rublev edged out Elias Ymer in a third-set tie-break.
“Today was a super tough match,” Rublev said after beating Ymer. “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 fell just short of beating Rublev but he was glad with the effort he showed. "I gave it my all, I was competing very well mentally and I am proud of it, but one always wins," Ymer said. “Next time I will try again and I hope things turn out differently."