Having had an incredible season last year, the red-hot Russian Andrey Rublev keeps his momentum in 2021. However, World No.8 extended his winning streak to 22 matches(ATP 500 Events) with a straight-sets victory over Taylor Fritz in the round of 16.
“It’s Always Tough To Play Against Him(Taylor Fritz)”, says Rublev
No.2 seed Rublev reached the fourth consecutive quarter-final of the season at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships after dropping merely four games(6-3, 6-1) against No.15 seed from the United States on Wednesday.
“I’m really happy that I can win in straight sets, quite confidently. I know Taylor since (the) juniors, and it’s always tough to play against him because he has a huge serve, and he’s playing really fast,” Rublev said in the post-match interview.
He further added, “The first set was not even rallies because everything was served, winner or serve, mistake, so everything was so fast.”
While several top players have been raising concern over Dubai’s conditions, Rublev expressed his thoughts: “In these conditions, it’s tough to find the rhythm. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s really not easy, but I’m happy that in the end, I made it.”
“I’m Really Happy With My Performance”: Andrey Rublev on His Winning Streak
The 23-years-old from Moscow has not lost a match at the ATP 500 events since last year’s German Open, where he claimed his first five victories. After that, Rublev won the contests at St.Petersburg Open(5), Vienna Open(5), ATP Rotterdam(5) and Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships(2).
After surpassing Andy Murray, who won 21 consecutive matches from 2016 Queen’s Club R1 to 2017 Barcelona QF, Rublev has now advanced into second place for the longest winning streak since the ATP 500 category establishment in 2009.
Russian continued, “I think it’s not about 500s. It just happens. I’m really happy with my performance. I’m really happy that I’m playing and showing good results, and we’ll see if I can keep working this way.”
Notably, Rublev needs only seven more victories to overcome the leaderboard topper none other than Roger Federer, who won back-to-back 28 matches from the 2014 Dubai Open first round to the 2016 Halle Open Quarterfinal.