Andrey Rublev on winning maiden ATP title, cracking top-20

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Andrey Rublev on winning maiden ATP title, cracking top-20

Rising Russian star Andrey Rublev, 22, is extremely happy with the way he started his season and now he hopes to continue performing a high level going forward. Rublev, ranked at No. 23 in the world, delivered in the Doha final against fellow rising star Corentin Moutet as he saw off the Frenchman 6-2 7-6 (3) to lift his maiden ATP title.

"It’s amazing. I’m always really happy to play here. I always enjoy my time here and to finally win the title is something special for me,” Rublev said after winning the title, per the ATP Tour. “It’s an amazing start to the season for me and I hope I can keep this level."

Rublev, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 22 in the world in last year's October, will climb up to a new career-high ranking of No. 19 when the ATP rankings list gets updated on Monday. "There is still much to work on, but I’m happy to become a Top 20 player,” Rublev admitted.

“I think this is a good part of me, that I still have a lot of space to improve. I want to try to arrive to my maximum and then we’ll see what’s going to happen”.