ATP Finals, Unusual > Rublev: “I beat a former champion, that’s enough, I can go home now”

Andrey Rublev’s reaction after the match point speaks volumes about his relief. He collapses. He just beat Daniil Medvedev for the second time (in a row) in six confrontations. He launches his Masters perfectly where he inherited a very difficult draw with also Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas in his pool, two other winners of the ATP Finals, like his compatriot.

“I beat a former champion, that’s enough, I can go home now”quipped Rublev before analyzing his victory more seriously.

I was thinking about the US Open, because when we played in the quarterfinals in 2020, I think I was leading 5–1 in a tie‐break or 6–2. But when I lost that set, I couldn’t play anymore, and I thought to myself that it couldn’t happen the same way, I had to change something. I had to keep playing, because if I win a set, even if I lose in three sets, it’s still good, because here it’s a chicken. So you have to fight for every point, every game, and I managed to win. The final tie‐break, the rallies we had were crazy. The last rally, there were, I don’t know, 30 shots. I already had cramps, but I was like ‘one more, one more’. We have to keep playing. I’m sure he felt the same, so keep playing if you get the chance, go for it. In the end, I was able to win. »

Rublev will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his second game on Wednesday.

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