Andrey Rublev reacts to winning Rotterdam, 20th consecutive match at ATP 500 level



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Andrey Rublev reacts to winning Rotterdam, 20th consecutive match at ATP 500 level

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev couldn't hide his happiness after winning it all in Rotterdam. Rublev, seeded at No. 3, handed a straight-set defeat to qualifier Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (4) 6-4 in the Rotterdam final. "I feel happy.

It has been a really great week," said Rublev. "It has been a great past year and a half. We will see if I can keep going, if I can keep this level of competing [and] being a Top 10 [player]”. Rublev captured his fourth consecutive title at the ATP 500 level as his last defeat at this level came in Dubai last year.

“I was not even thinking [about the streak] until [the media] were starting to put on the internet 16 matches, 17 matches, 18 matches,” said Rublev. “Of course, it is a great number, but I was not even thinking about it… It is a great feeling to know that I did something that not many players did”.

Rublev insisted Fucsovics was a tough opponent

Rublev failed to convert a set point on Fucsovics' serve in the 12th game but realized his third set point in the tie-break to win a tight opener. The Russian then started the second set with a break and held on to his serve the rest of the set to book a straight-set win.

“It was a tough match, especially in the first set. [It] was really mental," said Rublev. "It was so, so close. Both of us had a lot of chances. [In the] first game, he had a lot of chances then, straight away, I had a lot of chances.

We were so close [throughout] all the set. Even in the tie-break, it was so close until 4/3”. Despite the loss, Fucsovics was happy with his Rotterdam campaign. “It was a very positive week for me. I played unbelievable,” Fucsovics said during the trophy ceremony.

“I came from qualifying. I played a lot of matches… I improved my game, so that is most important for me”.