Andrey Rublev makes a shocking admission

The Russian is experiencing the worst moment of his career

by Simone Brugnoli
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Andrey Rublev makes a shocking admission
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The triumph at the Master 1000 in Madrid made it seem that Andrey Rublev had definitely overcome the difficulties in terms of performance and results this season, but it is not so. After the Spanish appointment, the Russian lost in the second round of the Internazionali d'Italia and did not go beyond the third round at Roland Garros.

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Finally, he failed to win even a match on the grass: defeat at the debut both in Halle against Marcos Giron and at Wimbledon, the most sensational with the Argentine Francisco Comesana, on his first victory of his career in the major circuit.

Back from a quarter-final in 2023, the 26-year-old from Moscow had to leave the London Grand Slam unexpectedly after the second day of racing: another setback that basically certifies his black crisis in the tour, almost since the beginning of the year.

"There’s not much I can say. I’ve had many opportunities, but I haven’t been able to exploit them. My opponent was playing very well, with a 10-point mentality, so he deserved to win.

That’s it" are the blunt words expressed by the player in the press conference after the surprising defeat. A journalist then asked him about the rackets on his knee, if he fears one day that this anger could cause him a mocking injury: "I wouldn’t have done it if I could hit the racket on the ground, but we are not allowed to hit the grass in any way. I don’t know why I did it in that moment, I couldn’t take it anymore, I needed to vent my emotions," he said.

The Russian is experiencing the worst moment of his career from the emotional point of view and the results on the tennis court prove it.

Andrey Rublev is in serious crisis

Andrey Rublev also focused on what he needs now to react to these prolonged moments of difficulty: "I need to improve. Even though I haven’t behaved so badly in Paris, I know I could have done a lot better.

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The priority is to be able to stay positive throughout the game. I need to win some races, to get some rhythm, but it’s not easy.

Since I lost at the French Open, I’ve played very little in recent weeks, only one game in Halle. When you break that rhythm is never easy, it takes a couple of successes to regain confidence, I guess that’s what I need now.”

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