Andrey Rublev shares diagnosis for mysterious illness that left him hospitalized

Rublev spent some time in the hospital after opening up about a mysterious illness following his Madrid win.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andrey Rublev shares diagnosis for mysterious illness that left him hospitalized
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Andrey Rublev reveals he was hospitalized for two and a half days following his Madrid Masters final but now feels healthy again and there won't be a need for him to skip the Rome Masters.

On Sunday, Rublev clinched his second Masters title after coming back from a set down to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 4-6 7-5 7-5 in the Madrid final. Moments after sealing a win in a final that lasted nearly three hours and 49 minutes, Rublev made a pretty shocking revelation as he shared that for nine days he was battling a mysterious illness that left his throat "blocked" and that he had to eat baby food because it was almost impossible for him to eat regular food.

On top of that, Rublev also dealt with a physical injury as one of his toes got extremely swollen and he wasn't able to put shoes on his foot until having the foot anesthetized. 

Rublev, who looked a bit concerned when making the revelation, said he would pay a visit to the doctor on Monday to do some testing and see if they could figure out what the mysterious illness. Now, Rublev reveals he was diagnosed with tonsil abscess, a condition that can be very painful - cause swelling - and also make it hard to open the mouth. 

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Rublev opens up on his diagnosis and spending two days in the hospital

"I feel now perfect, and I spent two and a half days in the hospital. I had a tonsil abcess," Rublev revealed in Rome. 

"I mean, it was crazy because one day I wake up with my throat double bigger than it should be. So, the hole where you breathe is super small. The throat is super in pain. It's tough to swallow because it's painful. It's tough to breathe because you have less space. 

"And then it started to be all this. Not poison, how do you call this? When you have an infection but like a bad color, so my throat was in an ugly color. And the smell from my mouth, you cannot imagine how horrible it was. I could not take it, and then after the final, I started feeling worse.

"I mean, during older tournaments, I was only feeling worse, worse and worse, and then as soon as I finished the final, early morning went to the hospital. When they did a couple of checks, they check my body and when the doctor did one test or something, he's like, 'Okay, it's an emergency.'

"He took me immediately to stay in hospital because it can get completely worse. Since I stay in hospital, after half a day, I feel already better, next day was already feeling so good, and now I'm feeling so good. But nine days, I was struggling a lot."

What Rublev said about his health issues in Madrid?

After beating Auger-Aliassime, Rublev stunned everyone when he revealed that he was close to withdrawing from the tournament. Then, Rublev proceeded to give all the credit to Madrid doctors - he described them as "magicians" and probably the best medical staff he has seen on the Tour. 

"They were doing kind of anaesthesia in my [toe] because my [toe] somehow get inflamed and start to be double bigger and all the pressure start to be on the bone, and the pressure on the bone, when you have pressure on the bone, you cannot even put your feet inside the shoe," Rublev revealed. 

"The feeling is similar to when it's broken, I guess. So that's why they were putting anaesthesia for me to not feel it. Like I say, at least I was able to play without thinking."

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

During Madrid, a couple of players complained, withdrew or retired due to illness - which led to the rumors of "a mysterious illness" going on around Caja Magica. 

Auger-Aliassime, who was playing his first Masters final, also stunned everyone when he revealed that he also wasn't feeling his best in Madrid and that he thought about withdrawing from his Madrid third-round match before deciding to ultimately play. When revealing that, Auger-Aliassime said it was "a weird week" for him and that he was battling a stomach issue. 

But now, both Rublev and Auger-Aliassime are set to compete at the Rome Open - since they are seeded, they both had a first-round bye as the Russian will play against Marcos Giron in the second round while the Canadian will take on Botic van de Zandschulp in his opener.

After winning Madrid, Rublev will certainly enter Rome feeling good about his level. But he didn't practice for a couple of days after Madrid and it will be interesting to see how well he can do in Rome.

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