Andrey Rublev (tennis)
Andrey Andreyevich Rublev (Russian: Андре́й Андре́евич Рублёв, tr. Rublyov, pronounced [ɐnˈdrʲej rʊˈblʲɵf]; born 20 October 1997) is a Russian professional tennis player. He, as of September 2020[update], reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 12. He has achieved victories over top players including Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and David Goffin. He won the doubles title at the 2015 Kremlin Cup in Moscow with Dmitry Tursunov, and four singles titles, at the 2017 Croatia Open in Umag, the 2019 Kremlin Cup, which he won on his 22nd birthday, the 2020 Qatar Open, and the 2020 Adelaide International.
Rublev at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships
|Born||20 October 1997|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||106–82 (56.4%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (14 September 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 12 (14 September 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2020)|
|French Open||3R (2020)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2017, 2019)|
|US Open||QF (2017, 2020)|
|Career record||29–36 (44.6%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 74 (6 January 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 82 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2019)|
|US Open||3R (2017)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2019)|
|Last updated on: 22 March 2020.|
Rublev won the 2014 French Open junior singles competition, defeating Jaume Munar in the final. He won a bronze medal in singles and a silver in doubles at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing.
Rublev was born in Moscow to Andrey Rublev Sr., a former professional boxer turned restaurateur, and tennis coach Marina Marenko, who worked with tennis players such as Anna Kournikova. His coach, however, was Belarusian Sergey Tarasevich. His heroes include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic, whose matches Rublev regularly studies; for example, Raonic's serve, Nadal's foot play and physique, and Federer's volley and forehand. Outside tennis, Rublev practices boxing and basketball, and he is particularly interested in Mike Tyson. His favorite bands include Metallica, AC/DC and Nautilus Pompilius, and he likes action-packed films with fighting.
Rublev debuted in Luxembourg at age 13, getting his first win in his second competition in Phoenix. In the following years, Rublev could climb the third rounds in singles and in December 2012 he won one of the top junior competitions, the Orange Bowl.
Next, in spring of 2013, Rublev achieved the NWU PUKKE/RVTA Junior ITF 1 cup in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He successfully competed in following tournaments, especially on clay surface, including the Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, and became quarter-finalist at the 2014 Australian Open junior singles. At the doubles competition he paired with German Alexander Zverev, reaching the quarter-finals. The first notable win was at the 2014 French Open junior singles, crushing Munar Clar. There he reached the semifinals with partner Stefan Kozlov, before being knocked down by Frenchmen and future winners Benjamin Bonzi / Quentin Halys. Shortly before Wimbledon, Rublev captured the cup at the Nike Junior International Roehampton in Roehampton, Great Britain. In the Wimbledon Championships, Rublev reached the third round before being beaten by 1842nd-ranked Dutch van Rijthoven in three tight sets. In doubles, Rublev and Kozlov lost to Brazilians Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann in three sets, attaining his first junior Grand Slam final in doubles.
Rublev took a break before competing at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, where he played in all three events as first-seeded. In singles, he lost to Kamil Majchrzak in three sets, but received a bronze medal for beating Jumpei Yamasaki. Partnering with fellow Karen Khachanov in doubles, Rublev reached the finals, where they again lost to Brazilians Luz and Zormann. He and his mixed partner Darya Kasatkina only reached the second round, where they were defeated by silver medalists Ye Qiuyu and Yamazaki.
2014: Early pro career and Davis Cup debutEdit
Rublev debuted at the Bulgaria F6 Futures, reaching the quarterfinals. He continued his career in Bulgaria, where he again reached the quarterfinals, but became runner-up in doubles. The 15-year-old finalised in Minsk, Belarus. After unsuccessful autumn games he received his first win at the USA F31 Futures in Bradenton, United States. In the new 2014 tour he started in Kazakhstan, reaching semifinal and final in the two Future events in Aktobe, respectively. In the latter he beat Belarusian Yaraslau Shyla to reach his second win. Rublev succeeded finals of the Czech Republic F1 Futures in doubles, partnering with Pole Andriej Kapaś, and continued his success in the Russia F3 Futures in Moscow, championing in the singles and running-up in the doubles competitions.
2015: First doubles title and Grand Slam debutEdit
Rublev made his debut at the Davis Cup, where in the second round play-off of the Europe Zone Group I, in the third rubber, he partnered with Konstantin Kravchuk and won the match against the Portuguese team Gastão Elias / João Sousa in three sets.
The Russian participated at his first Masters 1000 entry in Miami, where he defeated Pablo Carreño Busta, but lost to John Isner. He entered the clay season at the Barcelona Open, where as a qualifier he reached the second round after overcoming Fernando Verdasco.
With his win over Finn Jarkko Nieminen at Geneva Open, 17-year-old Rublev repeated Nadal's success in winning at least once on five ATP tournaments in one season as a teenager who is under 18 years old. (Nadal did that in 2004.)
Rublev was called for the Davis Cup team in the 2015 Davis Cup Europea/Africa Zone Group I match against Spain, held in Vladivostok. After losing his first match against Tommy Robredo, Rublev rallied to win his second match against Pablo Andújar in sets in the decisive fifth rubber to complete a 0–2 comeback for Russia against five-time champion Spain. This secured team Russia a place in the World Group Play-offs. Russia played in the World Group Play-offs last time in 2012, losing then to Brazil 0–5.
Also during 2015 Rublev was accused by the Argentine player Renzo Olivo of employing intimidation tactics during their match at the Moscow Challenger tournament.
2016: Challenger titleEdit
Rublev started the 2016 ATP World Tour at the Aircel Chennai Open, losing to Stan Wawrinka in the second round. He reached only the first and second rounds of ATP 250 and Challenger tournaments. In March this poor performance led to his decision to part ways with his coach Sergey Tarasevich. Immediately after that, on 6 March 2016 he made a turn by winning his first Challenger in singles, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu in Quimper, France. As a result, Rublev jumped 47 positions from 208th to 161st ranking position, a new career-high. In April he joined 4Slam Academy in Barcelona, run by Galo Blanco.
2017: First ATP title, Next Gen Finals finalEdit
Rublev started well in the 2017 ATP World Tour, reaching the 2nd Round of the Australian Open after qualification. On the way he beat 60th-ranked Yen-Hsun Lu, but then lost to Andy Murray. Rublev was successful in some Challenger tournaments. He reached the 2017 Open de Rennes Challenger final, losing there to Belarussian Uladzimir Ignatik. Again in Quimper, France, Rublev now reached the semifinals, losing to Peter Gojowczyk. Rublev also reached the semifinals in Irving, Texas.
The Russian made some success on grass court tournaments. He got into the quarterfinals of the Halle Open, losing there to his compatriot Karen Khachanov in a tight match. In the next tournament, the Wimbledon Championships, Rublev could reach the 2nd Round, losing there to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Despite losing in the qualification round, Rublev as lucky loser reached his first ATP singles final at the Umag Open, beating in the quarterfinals defending champion Fabio Fognini. In the final he beat Paolo Lorenzi in straight sets to win his first ATP singles title. It was the seventh time that a lucky loser would win a tournament, the last tennis player doing so at that time was Rajeev Ram in 2009 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Rublev went on to compete at the 2017 US Open as a direct entrant. He grabbed his first win against top 10 player, beating No.9 Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets and made through to the quarterfinals, beating David Goffin in the fourth round in straight sets. Rublev lost in straight sets to ATP world #1 and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.
2018: Masters doubles finalEdit
Rublev commenced the 2018 season in Doha, where he went to the final, eventually losing in straight sets to Gaël Monfils. Next, the Russian reached the Round of 32 of the Australian Open, where he was seeded for the first time in a Grand Slam event at number 30, but lost to third seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.
Rublev continued his run of good form by reaching back-to-back quarterfinals in Montepellier and Rotterdam, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Grigor Dimitrov, respectively. The Russian then had a first round exit in Acapulco, losing to David Ferrer. He did not compete at the 2018 French Open or 2018 Wimbledon due to a back injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters where he lost in the third round to Dominic Thiem after having had a match point.
Later in the season after returning to active play he lost to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round of the US Open.
2019: ATP 500 final, three top 10 winsEdit
Rublev opened 2019 by making the round of sixteen in Doha at a tournament in which he had been the runner-up in the previous year. This loss came at the hand of the fifth seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili who defeated Rublev in straight sets in only 61 minutes. Next, in the 2019 Australian Open, Rublev lost in four sets in the first round to American Mackenzie McDonald.
In the Hamburg European Open, Rublev achieved his second win over a top 10 player by defeating the top seed and world number 4 Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. He lost to Georgian 4th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final.
In August, Rublev had the biggest win of his career so far at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he defeated Roger Federer in the third round in straight sets, handing Federer his fastest loss in some sixteen years. Rublev then went onto to lose to the tournament's eventual winner Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals.
At the US Open, the unseeded Rublev defeated eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets in the first round. In the second round Rublev won the first set against Gilles Simon, but Simon retired early in the second set sending Rublev into the third round. There he defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios in straight sets, catapulting him to the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament for the second time. There he lost in straight sets to the Italian player Matteo Berrettini.
Later in the 2019 campaign Rublev lost in the second round to the Italian player Fabio Fognini in straight sets at the China Open in Beijing, after having beaten the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the first round.
2020: Three ATP titles, top 20, US Open quarterfinalsEdit
Rublev entered the 2020 ATP season by winning back-to-back titles. Not allowed to compete in the newly established ATP Cup, as only a country's top two singles tennis players qualified, Rublev instead entered the Qatar Open, this time winning the trophy as he failed to do so two years ago. Next, Rublev took part in the maiden 2020 Adelaide International. Third-seeded, Rublev overcame Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime in a three-set marathon match in the semifinal, before reaching the final and soundly defeating qualifier Lloyd Harris. Together with his results at 2019 Davis Cup Finals, this was twelfth consecutive win for Rublev. He became the first player to win two ATP tournaments in the first two weeks of the season since 2004, when Dominik Hrbatý won tournaments in Adelaide and Auckland.
Next up for Rublev was the first of the year's four grand slam tournaments, the 2020 Australian Open where Rublev extended his early 2020 undefeated winning streak to 11 matches by coming from behind for a four-set third round Victory over the 11th seed David Goffin of Belgium. His unbeaten 2020 run then ended the 4th round where he lost in straight sets to the 7th seed Alexander Zverev of Germany, who advanced to his first Australian Open quarterfinal.
Next in the Rotterdam Open the seventh-seeded Rublev advanced into the quarterfinals with a round of 16 victory over Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. However he then lost in straight sets to Filip Krajinović of Serbia who then advanced to the semis.
After tournaments that should have started but were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the late 2020 season saw a number of replacement exhibition tournaments. Rublev participated at the Adria Tour, taking place in the Balkans. The tournament was split into four groups of 4 players each. Rublev, playing in the Alexander Zverev group, in Zadar, Croatia, beat Marin Čilić, Danilo Petrović and Alexander Zverev to qualify into the final, where he should compete with Novak Djokovic. However, one of the participants, Grigor Dimitrov, was tested positive for the coronavirus and so the final match was cancelled.
Later in the season when competition resumed prior to the US Open, Rublev lost in three sets in a 2 out of 3 set match to Dan Evans of Great Britain in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open, which was played this year at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, home of the US Open, instead of Mason, Ohio, where it is traditionally being held. Seeded 10th at the 2020 US Open, Rublev defeated Jérémy Chardy and Grégoire Barrère, Salvatore Caruso, all in straight sets. Rublev's round of 16 match pitted was a rematch against a player he lost to in the same round in 2019, the 5th seed Matteo Berrettini. This time Rublev won in 4 sets and advanced to his second US Open quarterfinal. He then lost in his quarterfinal match to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets with two tiebreakers.
Rublev is an offensive baseliner with a big forehand – his favorite shot, and has a dangerous and consistent two-handed backhand. His running forehand is particularly lethal because of his consistency and comfort with the shot, making many passing shots with it. Despite his power, Andrey is often hyper-aggressive and can enter situations where he makes consecutive unforced errors, causing technical and mental difficulty to follow. However, he can also demonstrate periods when his forehand is elusive. He states that he does not prefer a particular tennis surface, but his best results have come in clay tournaments.
Rublev has a powerful first serve that often reaches 200+ km/h (125+ mph). His second serve, however, is underwhelming because of his high number of double faults during matches, as well as being much slower than his first serve. Recently, he has added a pre-serve ritual of sniffing the ball prior to serving to be better acquainted with where to strike.
Current through the 2020 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||2R||3R||1R||4R||0 / 4||6–4|
|French Open||A||A||Q2||1R||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Wimbledon||A||Q2||Q2||2R||A||2R||NH||0 / 2||2–2|
|US Open||A||1R||Q1||QF||1R||4R||QF||0 / 5||11–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||0–0||6–4||2–2||4–3||7–2||0 / 12||19–12|
- Team of the Year
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
|Tournament||Year||Record accomplished||Player tied|
|Croatia Open||2017||Winning an ATP tournament as lucky loser||Heinz Gunthardt|
- Russians Kasatkina, Rublev win French Open junior titles
- "Rublev's menu is varied in food, but steady in tennis". ITF. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Tennis is family affair for Rublev". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Поколение Next: Андрей Рублев" [Generation Next: Andrey Rublev] (in Russian). SportBox. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- Yakov Chudakov (23 July 2012). Чемпионат Европы. Андрей Рублёв: Играть в теннис помогает бокс [European Championships. Andrey Rublev: Boxing helps me playing tennis] (in Russian). GoTennis. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- Evgeny Fedyakov (30 June 2014). Андрей Рублев: "Что я должен делать?" – спросил меня Макинрой" [Andrey Rublev: "What Should I Do?", asked me McEnroe] (in Russian). Sport-Express. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Wimbledon. Андрей Рублёв покидает юниорские соревнования" [Wimbledon. Rublev leaves junior tournament] (in Russian). GoTennis. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Рублёв и Козлов проиграли в финале юниорского Уимблдона в парном разряде [Doubles team Rublev and Kozlov lost in the finals of the Wimbledon Junior match] (in Russian). Championat. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Who's who: ITF Junior Masters
- "Russia v Portugal". daviscup.com.
- "Андрей Рублёв повторил достижение Рафаэля Надаля" (in Russian). Championat.com. 17 May 2015.
- "Young Gun Rublev Reaches Geneva Second Round; Giraldo Advances".
- "Zone Group I latest: Russia stun Spain".
- Первый челленджер Рублёва
- "Andrey Rublev will work at Galo Blanco´s 4Slam Academy from April". Tennis World USA. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- Rublev Beats Lorenzi For First Title In Umag
- US Open 2017: Roger Federer faces Juan Martin del Potro in last eight – BBC Sport
- ATP Doha: Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Nikoloz Basilashvili advance
- Roger Federer suffers fastest defeat in 16 years at Cincinnati Masters
- 'I just want to go home': Nick Kyrgios goes out of US Open in straight sets
- "Dominant Rublev Doubles Up With Adelaide Crown". atpworldtour.com. ATP. 18 January 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
- Djokovic vs. Rublev Adria Tour final canceled after Dimitrov news
- (as part of the Boys Under-16 Team: Roman Safiullin, Evgeny Tyurnev; captain Ivan Pridankin)
- "The "Russian Cup" – Honorary Prizes Found Their Owners" (in Russian). GoTennis. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- Дарья Касаткина и Андрей Рублёв стали обладателями премии "Русский Кубок" в номинации "Юниор года" (in Russian). GoTennis. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- «Русский Кубок»-2019 [2019 Russian Cup] (in Russian). RTF. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
- Andrey Rublev at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Andrey Rublev at the International Tennis Federation
- Andrey Rublev at the Davis Cup
|Awards and achievements|
| ITF Junior World Champion