Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev is extremely happy with his form at the moment and he was satisfied with the way he kicked off his campaign at the Australian Open. Rublev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to German Yannick Hanfmann 6-3 6-3 6-4 to progress into the second round at Melbourne Park.
Last week, Rublev delivered for Russia at the ATP Cup as he won each of his four singles matches played. Russia ended up winning the second edition of the ATP Cup. "I don’t know if it’s the best tennis [in my career], but for sure I’m showing great tennis [at the moment],” Rublev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“I was showing a really high level at the ATP Cup, and I’m really happy that I’m winning match by match”.
Rublev happy with the way he controlled the match
Hanfmann got off to a quick 2-0 lead but Rublev then earned three quick breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener.
Rublev then claimed one break in each of the following two sets and lost no service games to wrap up a straight-set win. "We played for the first time, and I started a bit tight,” Rublev said. “But this is normal, and I was really happy that I could control the match almost since the beginning.
In the end, I was the one who was controlling the match, so I’m really happy that I could finish the match quite confident in three sets”. Last week, top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev praised Rublev.
"Andrey is an amazing player,” Medvedev praised Rublev, per the ATP website. “Last year, what he did [was] something special. Today in the first set, he was not hitting as he can... But he managed to keep his nerves, and that’s what champions do. He managed to get a point for the team so I could [have] it easier”.