Andrey Rublev has pursued one of his dreams at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. That was he defeated his childhood idol, Rafael Nadal, especially on a clay court. In the aftermath of one of his most significant victories, the red-hot Russian revealed a key factor behind his success at the ongoing ATP Masters 1000 event in Monaco.
“You Cannot Lose on Clay Because You’re The Best”: Andrey Rublev on People Expectations
Rublev continues his outstanding performance on the red dirt as well. No.6 seed reached the fifth consecutive semifinal of this season after upsetting No.3 seed Spaniard in the three sets(6-2, 4-6, 6-2) in Monte Carlo.
Rublev said that it was one of his best wins for him in the post-match interview, but it was problematic on seeing Rafael Nadal’s position.
The 23-year-old Stalwart from Moscow continued, “(On one side) if we look (at) a player like Rafa, who is the best clay-court player in history, then, of course, it’s one of my best victories for sure.”
“But if you look at (it) from (the) another side, how he feels, for sure he didn’t play his even ‘good’ level today. In his position, it’s so tough when people expect (that) you’re the best player on clay, and you have to win yes or yes every time. You cannot lose on clay because you’re the best. It’s so tough to play with this feeling,” Rublev added.
“I’m Happy That I Could Handle It”: Rublev on His Key To Success
In recent days, Andrey Rublev is considered an aggressive player in the men’s game. Russian has often been outbursting his emotions after losing points. Thus, he sometimes cannot concentrate and is forced to give up the tournament halfway.
However, the story is different in the Monte Carlo country club. Rublev stunned King of Clay by ruling his soul castle.
“I would say this week I am controlling my emotions (really well). In the end, that’s the key. If after the second set, I would say something or show emotions, the third set will be over, (it) will be 6-2 for him. So I’m happy that I could handle it,” World No.8 confessed.
Andrey Rublev will lock horns with Casper Rudd to reserve his first Masters 1000 event’s championship match spot on Court Rainier III. Russian leads Norwegian 3-0 in their head-to-head series.