Andrey Rublev is the Second Ranked Russian (behind Medvedev) tennis player who is currently the world number 8 ranked player in the world. The 23-year old has had a stellar 2020 winning five titles, the most by any player in the season (as Roger Federer Predicted), and made his debut at the ATP Finals in London. The young tennis sensation is on his way to greatness after having a successful stellar 2020 and with the way he is progressing, he will soon be troubling the big guys.
Prior 2020 Tennis Results For Rublev
Andrey Rublev was turned pro in 2014 and since then his performances have improved each year. The Russian won his first title in 2017 at the Croatian Open when he defeated Paolo Lorenzi in the final. Since 2017, he has reached at least one final each year. Before 2020, he had won two titles and lost two finals. In 2017, Rublev has reached the finals at the ATP NextGen finals losing to Chung Hyeon in the final.
2020: A stellar year Tennis Season For Rublev
2020 has proved to be a stellar year for Andrey Rublev. He has won five titles in the year, the most by any player even one more than Novak Djokovic who finished the year as the world number one player.
Some of the notable performances by Andrey Rublev in the year 2020.
Qatar Open – Winner
Adelaide International – Winner
Hamburg European Open – Winner
St. Petersburg Open – Winner
Vienna Open - Winner
Australian Open – 4th round
French Open – Quarterfinal
US Open – Quarterfinal
A total of seven titles in his short career that include five in the year 2020, the most in the year. Best performances in the Grand Slams so far and highest ranking. Year 2020 has been a terrific year for Andrey Rublev.
Most tour titles in 2020
The 23-year old started the year strongly winning back to back titles at the Qatar Open and Adelaide International, the first two Tour 250 level tournaments of the year.
The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic was responsible for the cancellation of numerous tournaments and the season was truncated; Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics were the two high-profile events to be disturbed with the former canceled for the ongoing year and the latter is suspended till 2021.
The tour resumed in August so does Rublev. In September, he won his first Tour 500 level title at the Hamburg European Open beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. Continued his red-hot form, the Russian went on to win two more Tour 500 level titles. St. Petersburg Open beating Borna Coric in the final and Vienna Open beating Lorenzo Sonego in the final.
Best results in Grand Slams
Winning back to back ATP titles at the Qatar Open and Adelaide International, Rublev entered the first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open with high expectations. Having the best result of 3rd round in Melbourne and a 1st round exit in 2019, this time he went on with his best result, a 4th round exit and beating David Goffin in the 3rd round.
The second Grand Slam of the year French Open US Open took place without spectators. Now 10th seed, Rublev had the best result at the Grand Slams. Reaching the quarterfinals of at a Major for the first time and beating Matteo Berrettini on the way. In an all-Russian affair in the quarterfinal, the Russian number one, Daniil Medvedev beat his junior-mate in straight sets.
Now, the third Grand Slam of the year, French Open taking place in September behind closed doors under the newly constructed Philippe-Chatrier retractable roof. Once again, the Russian reached the quarterfinal losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was his second consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.
Into the top 10
Year-end rankings for the new world no 8 in the previous couple of years.
- 2018 – 68
- 2019 – 23
- 2020 – 8
Strong and dominant performances in the year has earned Rublev a first-time entry in the top 10 list. A list consisting of some pretty big names including the Big 3; Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer and other players that include the current US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, and ATP Finals winners, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and the current ATP Finals champion, Daniil Medvedev.
Rublev entered the elite list of top 10 for the first time. He finished the year as the world number 8 ranked player, his highest ranking to date. He has four top 10 wins in the season: two wins against Dominic Thiem and one each against Matteo Berrettini.
ATP Finals debut For Andrey Rublev
Only the top 8 players are eligible to play the prestigious tournament, ATP Finals. Since 2009, the tournament was taking place in London and it was held in London for the final time in 2020. The next year the tournament will take place in Turin, Italy. Andrey Rublev was one of the two players who made their debut at the event, Diego Schwartzman was the other.
Rublev was out in the round-robin stage. He registered his first win against the losing finalist, Dominic Thiem.
The Future Of The Russian Tennis Star Rublev
23 years and counting. A young career so far with plenty of things to get and achieve. With just seven titles to his name, Andrey Rublev has many things to fight for. His biggest title is Tour 500 title, so every big title is there to grab. Grand Slams, Masters 1000, Davis Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and if he continues to work this way, who knows we might see a new tennis superstar in this decade.
With Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer in their late-careers, Rublev has Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev to make rivalries.
The Russian might start the season by defending his title at the Qatar Open. With this red-hot form, Andrey Rublev has every chance to go to the later stages of the Australian Open 2021.