'Humble' Andrey Rublev: Happy we can play, we are very lucky

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'Humble' Andrey Rublev: Happy we can play, we are very lucky

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev was humble when speaking about the tennis bubbles as he is simply happy just to have a chance to play tennis during the pandemic. Many players have found bubbles mentally tough but Rublev is trying to look at the positive side.

This week, the Miami Masters kicked off but the tournament is missing a number of top players, most notably Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. "You have to get used to tournament bubbles, that's the reality.

I'm happy we can play at all! 5 months without tournaments, it was hard. Some lost their job, others took pay cuts & we, tennis players, can travel, play tournaments despite closed borders. We are very lucky!" Rublev said, as revealed by Oleg S./Twitter.

Rublev hoping to bounce back in Miami

Last week, Rublev suffered a surprise loss to Aslan Karatsev in the Dubai semifinal. “It was a really tight match [against a] tough opponent,” Karatsev said in an on-court interview after beating Rublev.

“It was an unbelievable performance [from Andrey]. He didn’t lose a match at an ATP 500 in [one year]. Everything was decided in one or two points, I feel happy." Karatsev ended Rublev's 23-match winning streak at the ATP 500 level.

"There is no secret [to my streak]. It just happened… I was not focused on this. It just happened that I did good in these [ATP 500] weeks and I am really happy,” said Rublev, after beating Taylor Fritz in Dubai.

“We will see what is going to happen. Until [the media] started to write that I won 17 matches, 18 matches, 19 matches, I was not even realising that I did this. I am realising it now… I am really happy that it happened to me. I am really happy that I achieved something that Andy did, because it is not easy."