World No. 85 Radu Albot Radu Albot admitted he was in a bit of a dark place last year but he is starting to find himself again. Albot, who won his maiden ATP title in 2019 and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 39, dealt with two injuries throughout the 2020 season and that contributed to him losing 10 consecutive matches at one point.
"At one moment you just think it's so difficult, it's almost impossible to make it again. I had an unbelievable 2019, did my best ranking, won an ATP title, everything was going good,” Albot told TENNIS.com.
“Then I got the two injuries. That stopped me from moving forward. But actually, I just lost my game. I was playing the matches and it was not me anymore. I was losing first round which didn't really happen at all in 2019.
And it was challenging time. It was not easy”.
Albot enjoyed a solid campaign at the Australian Open
Albot produced probably the biggest upset of the first round at Melbourne Park when he stunned Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets.
"You can say that it took me almost a year, which is not easy to compete and to feel that you're not there. Your game is still to be searched and found somewhere,” Albot says. “It was a difficult time, difficult pre-season.
A lot of work in the gym. We worked [on] everything, trying to find understand how the game works”. Albot then beat Christopher O'Connell in the second round, before losing to rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud. "You don't manage to win a lot of matches against the seeded player in the beginning of the tournament.
And it's really important to back it up, because every match is different. Every opponent is difficult,” Albot noted. “A player who is like ranked 120, he's playing at home, he beat Struff first round in straight sets. And that says a lot. I lost to Struff so many times that I can't remember”.