Rising Russian star Andrey Rublev, 23, insists he doesn't want to get complacent after breaking into the top-10 as he wants to keep improving and establish himself as one of the best players on the Tour. Rublev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
8 in the world, is having an outstanding season as he has won five titles so far and earned a place for the Nitto ATP Finals. Rublev, who is set to make his maiden appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, certainly won't be taken for granted by any opponent at The O2 Arena as many times this year he has proved that he is capable of playing a high level tennis.
"Not really, for the moment, not really,” Rublev told Tennis Majors. “I mean, of course, I understand that this year, yes, maybe my level is top 10 because I am top 10, but I don’t feel yet if it’s real.
I hope it’s not going to happen, like it happened to many players, that they did an amazing season, they become top 10 and then suddenly they went out and they couldn’t come back."
Rublev determined to keep progressing as a player
“So the main goal for me is really to try to see if I can keep this level, if I can keep improving, if I can be here for a while and if I can compete against top players, (if I can) compete against top 20 players, because there’s so many things that I need to improve.
And there are many guys who are doing some things much better than me. And these things I need to change and to improve them to be able to be here at this spot for a while at least," Rublev added. Rublev will kick off his Nitto ATP Finals campaign on Sunday, when he faces 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.
Nadal, ranked at No. 2 in the world, hasn't won an indoors title in more than seven years, while Rublev is coming off recent victories in St. Petersburg and Vienna. "My hopes for this week are to show my best, to have a feeling when I go out, that I give my best and I can not judge myself (badly) for anything, to know that I give my hundred percent and I did my maximum, that I can do nothing better,” Rublev said.