Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev has acknowledged that his goal is to always play his best tennis and try to win titles. Rublev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, saw off top-ranked Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Rotterdam final.
Rublev, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat to second-seeded Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6 (2) in the Rotterdam semifinal on Saturday. “[I play tennis] to play at the best level, to play at the best tournaments, to try to compete, then to go deep and to try to win them," Rublev said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website.
"A final is always special, so I am going to try to do my best tomorrow”.
Rublev delivered a strong performance against Tsitsipas
Rublev claimed the first break of the match in the third game, before saving break points in the fourth and sixth game.
The Russian then broke the Greek in the ninth game to win the opener. As not a single break point was seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Rublev got off to a fast start as he won the opening four points.
There was no way back for Tsitsipas after losing the opening four points of the tie-break as Rublev realized his first match point to wrap up a straight-set win. "I am happy with my performance. I am happy that I am in a final,” Rublev said.
“I won some great matches. Everything is going well. I just want to keep working, keep trying to improve and we will see what is going to happen”. Rublev made a positive start to the season as he helped Russia win the second edition of the ATP Cup.
Rublev, who made the Australian Open quarterfinal, is now hoping to win his maiden Rotterdam title. Rublev will fight against either Borna Coric or Marton Fucsovics for the Rotterdam title.