Andrey Rublev reveals who he prefers among Federer, Djokovic and Nadal

The Russian spoke about the Big 3 and more: he in fact focused on the changes that tennis is going through

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Andrey Rublev reveals who he prefers among Federer, Djokovic and Nadal
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"I need to find a balance to manage my emotions. I have not won on any of the ten occasions I have reached the quarterfinals. I will try to do everything in my power to improve my game and break this barrier at the next opportunity," revealed Andrey Rublev in an interview granted to Sport Express.

The Russian hopes to soon break the quarterfinal curse in a Grand Slam tournaments: he became the first tennis player in the Open Era to lose his first 10 quarterfinals at Majors. A negative streak that he would like to stop as soon as possible.

In the same interview, Andrey believes that the current era offers more chances to players, considering how in the past, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have imposed their dominance in the most important tournaments of the Tour.

“It's difficult with all the Big 3. I didn't think anyone was more interesting than them. The one I supported the most as a child was Rafael Nadal because I liked him. Tennis has improved a lot now, everyone plays at crazy speed, with great strength, both with the forehand and the backhand.

There are many players who serve at 220 kilometers per hour. This increased competition. In the past there were clearly top-level players. Many tennis players in the top 40 or 50 today can have a month in which they beat anyone. Before, with the Big 3, it was unimaginable," he said.

Rafael Nadal
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In the upcoming clay-swing, Rublev will try to defend the title won last year at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, which still remains the only ATP Masters 1000 won in his career.

When will Rafael Nadal return to the court?

"The first objective is to try to compete. I evaluate my conditions day by day. Unfortunately, recently, it has been difficult for me to predict what will happen. I'm working on trying to start the clay court season, which is my big goal and why I'm working hard. But I can't guarantee anything. I've never stopped training, I'm trying all the time.

I feel good, but so far I haven't been able to stick to the schedule I would have liked. I hope the situation can change, but I can't say anything with certainty. I don't want to be either optimistic or negative. I have to think day by day.

Indian Wells? I didn't want to go into a tournament with no guarantee or ability to compete at the level I demand of myself. I wasn't ready to play a tournament of that importance."

Rafael Nadal has intensified his training after deciding to skip the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and that of Miami. The goal of the Spanish champion is to compete without problems throughout the season on clay, but only his body will provide him with the answers he needs.

Rafael Nadal
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The Majorcan would like to return to the field at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, a tournament that he has won eleven times in his career, to find that minimum continuity necessary for any athlete. In words collected by the EFE news agency on the occasion of an event organized at the lui Foundation in Mallorca, Nadal explained that he is working hard but that he cannot yet guarantee anything to his fans.

Emilio Sanchez Vicario spoke about Rafael Nadal's come back, expressing his belief that Rafa will be 100% at his best at the Roland Garros and at the Olympics.

"I don't think he will leave us. I think he will play well. I think he is a little afraid because the operation bothers him. But if he starts competing on clay he will no longer be afraid because he will start competing and he will get back into shape.

I believe that at Roland Garros and the Olympic Games he will be at 100%. As long as he doesn't have other physical problems. For me it's more of a battle with yourself.

Because when he went to Australia he played well. But he played a match in which he felt a little bad and was very worried. But on earth he will do much less harm," he explained.

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