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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 February 2018, reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 31. He has achieved victories over 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 the singles title at the 2017 Croatia Open in Umag.

Andrey Rublev
Андрей Рублёв
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Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 21)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachFernando Vicente
Prize moneyUS$3,427,292
Singles
Career record66–71 (48.2%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 31 (19 February 2018)
Current rankingNo. 43 (26 August 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2018)
French Open1R (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2017, 2019)
US OpenQF (2017)
Doubles
Career record19–22 (46.3%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 99 (2 July 2018)
Current rankingNo. 452 (5 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
US Open3R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis Cup8–7
Last updated on: 5 August 2019.

Rublev won the 2014 French Open junior singles competition, defeating Jaume Munar in the final.[1] He won a bronze medal in singles and a silver in doubles at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing.

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Personal lifeEdit

Rublev was born in Moscow to Andrey Rublev Sr., a former professional boxer turned restaurateur,[2] and tennis coach Marina Marenko,[3] 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.[4] Outside tennis, Rublev practices boxing and basketball, particularly interested in Mike Tyson.[5] His favorite bands include Metallica, AC/DC and Nautilus Pompilius, and he likes action-packed films with fighting.[6]

CareerEdit

Junior careerEdit

 
Rublev playing at the junior US Open in 2013.

Rublev debuted in Luxembourg at age 13, getting his first win in his second competition in Phoenix.[4] 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.[4]

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.[4] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.

In April 2015, Rublev finished his junior career by winning the inaugural ITF Junior Masters in Chengdu, China. In the final, the Russian beat Taylor Fritz in three sets.[9]

Professional careerEdit

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

In 2015, Rublev entered the first ATP tournament in Delray Beach, where he reached the second round. There he was knocked down by Steve Johnson in two straight sets.

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.[10]

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.)[11][12]

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.[13]

He made his grandslam debut at 2015 US Open as qualifier. Rublev won his first ATP title at the 2015 Kremlin Cup in doubles, partnering with comeback Dmitry Tursunov.

Also during 2015 Rubilev was accused by the Argentine player Olivo Renzo of employing intimidation tactics during their match at the Moscow Challenger tournament.[14]

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.[15] In April he joined 4Slam Academy in Barcelona, run by Galo Blanco.[16]

2017: First ATP title, top 50, first top 10 win, 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.[17]

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.[18]

He qualified for the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan and made it into the finals, but lost to Hyeon Chung.

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.[19]

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, 3 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.[20] Next, in the 2019 Australian Open, Rublev lost in four sets in the first round to American Mackenzie McDonald.

In the 2019 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 quarterfinal. He eventually lost to Georgian and 4th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final.

In August, Rublev had the biggest win of his career so far at the 2019 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he defeated Roger Federer in the third round in straight sets, handing him his fastest loss in some sixteen years.[21] He then went onto to lose to the tournament's eventual winner Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals.

At the 2019 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.[22] There he lost in straight sets to the Italian player Matteo Berrettini.

Playing styleEdit

Andrey 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.[4]

Rublev has a powerful 1st 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 serve to be better acquainted with where to strike.

Career statisticsEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2019 Rogers Cup.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 3R 1R 0 / 3 3–3
French Open A A Q2 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon A Q2 Q2 2R A 2R 0 / 2 2–2
US Open A 1R Q1 QF 1R 4R 0 / 3 7–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 6–4 2–2 4–3 0 / 9 12–10

AwardsEdit

2013
2014

RecordsEdit

  • 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
Bill Scanlon
Francisco Clavet
Christian Miniussi
Sergiy Stakhovsky
Rajeev Ram
Leonardo Mayer
Marco Cecchinato

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Russians Kasatkina, Rublev win French Open junior titles
  2. ^ "Rublev's menu is varied in food, but steady in tennis". ITF. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Tennis is family affair for Rublev". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Поколение Next: Андрей Рублев" [Generation Next: Andrey Rublev] (in Russian). SportBox. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon. Андрей Рублёв покидает юниорские соревнования" [Wimbledon. Rublev leaves junior tournament] (in Russian). GoTennis. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Who's who: ITF Junior Masters
  10. ^ "Russia v Portugal". daviscup.com.
  11. ^ "Андрей Рублёв повторил достижение Рафаэля Надаля" (in Russian). Championat.com. 17 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Young Gun Rublev Reaches Geneva Second Round; Giraldo Advances".
  13. ^ "Zone Group I latest: Russia stun Spain".
  14. ^ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/06/rublev-accused-intimidation-opponent/55247/
  15. ^ Первый челленджер Рублёва
  16. ^ "Andrey Rublev will work at Galo Blanco´s 4Slam Academy from April". Tennis World USA. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  17. ^ Rublev Beats Lorenzi For First Title In Umag
  18. ^ US Open 2017: Roger Federer faces Juan Martin del Potro in last eight - BBC Sport
  19. ^ http://www.tennisworldusa.org/amp_tennis/news/ATP_Tennis/55383/injuries-force-andrey-rublev-and-filip-krajinovic-to-miss-roland-garros/
  20. ^ ATP Doha: Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Nikoloz Basilashvili advance
  21. ^ Roger Federer suffers fastest defeat in 16 years at Cincinnati Masters
  22. ^ 'I just want to go home': Nick Kyrgios goes out of US Open in straight sets
  23. ^ (as part of the Boys Under-16 Team: Roman Safiullin, Evgeny Tyurnev; captain Ivan Pridankin)
  24. ^ "The "Russian Cup" – Honorary Prizes Found Their Owners" (in Russian). GoTennis. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  25. ^ Дарья Касаткина и Андрей Рублёв стали обладателями премии "Русский Кубок" в номинации "Юниор года" (in Russian). GoTennis. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.

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