Andrey Rublev: Playing without fans better than not having tournaments at all

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Andrey Rublev: Playing without fans better than not having tournaments at all

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev says playing behind the closed doors isn't ideal but then underlined that playing without fans is better than not having any tournaments at all. The ATP suspended the season mid-March due to the coronavirus and restarted the season in August at the Cincinnati Masters -- which was held in New York along with the US Open.

Rublev, ranked at No. 10 in the world, picked up a first-round loss at the Cincinnati Masters but then made the US Open quarterfinal. "It’s especially tough to play without fans, but we have no choice. It is better to play like this than complain & don’t play at all.

All organizers do their best to run tournaments in the most comfortable conditions possible, so the least we can do is play," Rublev said, per Max Gao.

Rublev satisfied with his level

After the US Open, Rublev won Hamburg and made the quarterfinal at the French Open z Rublev, the second-highest ranked Russian, is playing at this week's St.

Petersburg Open . "I am satisfied with the result I have showed. I was able to win the tournament, to reach the QFs twice, but there were no expectations. I am especially glad that I was able to play very successfully during this short clay part of the season and get some points," Rublev said.

Meanwhile, two-time ATP champion Borna Coric made a positive start to his St. Petersburg campaign as he saw off Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (2). Last year, former world No. 12 Coric made the final in S t.Petersburg, before losing to top-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev.

"I’m really enjoying this tournament a lot. Last year, it was one of my best results. It’s been a very tough year with the COVID and everything, but I’m just very happy to be here again," Coric said after beating Lopez, per Max Gao.

“I thought I was playing very good through the whole match. In the first set, only in the first couple of games, I just didn’t feel very good, but then I would say from the 3-all, I was playing very good tennis.

"In the second set, I thought I had some very small chances to break [Feliciano Lopez]. I didn’t do it, but most importantly, I just stayed calm & in the tiebreak I played some of my best tennis in the whole match."