Andrey Rublev outshined Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final of Vienna Open 2020. World number eight played high on expectations and encountered a 7-6, 6-2 win. Theim is the defending champion of the event; there were pretty high expectations from him. However, Rublev dominated the host in every possible way.
Rublev has had a really great season so far. He’s attempting to take home his fifth title of the season after entering the semifinals in which he’ll be facing Anderson. Moreover, the Russian has won Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg, and St. Petersburg earlier. Experts have this faith that Rublev is going to perform his best in the semi-finals as well.
“Already Had A Really Great Season”: Andrey Rublev
While talking about his quarterfinals win in Austria, Rublev went on to describe his experience and expectations. “I came here with the mood that I have nothing to lose,” said Russian.
“I [had] already a really great season. Last year, I already [made] the quarter-finals, so I knew it was going to be tough for me to get to the semi-finals.” Rublev added.
He further continued, “I came here with zero expectations, just [wanting] to do my best. To try to fight every match. In the end, I am here in the semi-finals.”
When asked about how much he’s looking forward to the semi-finals, he said, “We will see. Kevin has much more experience than me, so I have nothing to lose. I go there to do my best, and we will see what is going to happen.”
Andrey Rublev also described his friendship with Thiem and claimed that he’s one of his best friends on tour. It was also very tough to play against Thiem because he’s one of the best players, and it was his home ground after all.