The injuries have strongly influenced the career of Andrey Rublev, who has not been able to show his talent steadily in recent years. In 2019, the young Russian beat Roger Federer in Cincinnati ending the season well and gaining confidence for 2020.
He, as of October 2019, reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 22. He has achieved victories over players including Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and David Goffin.
In a 'Behind the Racquet' interview, he revealed the toughest moments of his life: “It was last year (2018) when I sadly had a stress fracture in my lower back. It kept me out of competition for three months.
It was an incredibly tough time for me which led to some depression. Since the injury was in my back I wasn’t allowed to do anything for the first two months. I had more free time than I ever had and I didn’t know what to do with it all.
I missed the sport so much and all I wanted to do was compete. I clearly remember nothing else at the time was making me happy. It truly was one of the toughest moments of my career. I was born to compete and now I couldn’t and that’s where moments of depression came from.
I would try to not keep up with any results from tournaments. Any time I did, by accident, it would make me really upset to see other players doing something I couldn’t at the time. I am here at home doing nothing while they are doing their best and improving.
I had to continue to wait for the bone to heal to do even a little rehab. I just wanted to do a little fitness but it was killing me that there was absolutely nothing I could do. While I began to watch matches I almost got that same feeling of competition that I would get from playing, but then it would be overtaken by sadness when I knew it would be some time until I could do it again.
There were definitely moments when I would be doing minor rehab and forget all these problems but it would always come back. I would watch a match and realize just how long the road to recovery is and how much longer until I am back on court. It made me want to be back on court more than anything”.