In the recent day, stunning performers of the men’s game, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, will lock horns for the championship match spot at the Rotterdam Open 2021. Meanwhile, the top ten stars heap huge praise on each other.
While the former Junior No.1’s have nearly the same win-loss records in this season, they stepped into the last four in Rotterdam Ahoy after a comeback from several games down.
Having a record for their young age battles, Greek and Russian have often shared mutual respect in the ATP Tour.
“I was just thinking that he’s really good, he’s very talented. But you cannot predict how and when or if it’s going to happen or not because so many talented guys at my age who were competing in the juniors, they didn’t make it,” Rublev said of Tsitsipas, who is known for his one-handed backhand in the ATP Tour.
In the last meeting, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated debutant Andrey Rublev after dropping a set in a group stage match of the 2020 ATP Finals.
World No.8 from Moscow continued, “I think he has more skills than me. He goes more often to the net, and he’s really good to the net. I’m more of a baseliner. It’s going to be a tough match. He has all the pressure. The Last time he beat me, he had a better ranking than me, so I will try to fight and do my best, and we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
“We’ve Made Each Other Better,” Tsitsipas on Facing Rublev
Before reaching his second semifinal of the season at the second largest city of the Netherlands, Tsitsipas had two tough matches in a row. Both encounters concluded in the three sets.
“We’ve Made Each Other Better. I think it’s good for the game to have players like us play against each other,” stated Tsitsipas, who also competed in the doubles with his brother in the same ATP 500 event.
When speaking about Andrey Rublev, Greek said, “A few years ago, he got injured, and that was a period of time where he was doing okay. When he came back, I feel like he worked a lot and came back even stronger than he was before.”
“He has one of the (most) huge forehands on the Tour, and he’s very consistent and a hard hitter. He doesn’t miss much, so that makes it very difficult playing against him,” World No.6 praised Rublev.
However, Tsitsipas leads Rublev 3-2 in their head to head series. And the winner of the battle will face neither Borna Coric nor Marton Fucsovics in the championship match.