2020 has not had much structure however when Tennis was played across the world one player who delivered time and time again was Andrey Rublev.
The Russian has always played a back seat role with Medvedev and Khachanov breaking through but the last year or so has been about the level of Andrey Rublev.
At the end of 2019 a certain Roger Federer was asked in an interview with the ATP who he think will have a breakthrough in 2020 and he picked Andrey Rublev and the recently turned 23 year old has delivered.
It’s been a season of immense improvement and this will see him debut at the ATP Finals in London this year as a reward for his incredible hard work winning five titles in this calendar year which has been disrupted but he’s stayed focused and on course.
Andrey has now won his last six finals on the tour and five of them have been in 2020 including three consecutive ATP 500 titles for the Russian.
He began his season unbeaten and arrived in Melbourne in hot form having won in Doha and Adelaide. In a year that he has taken his game to the next level he has had his best career records at Australian Open (4R), Roland Garros (QF) and equalling his best of quarter finals in New York too.
I don’t think Andrey should be too bothered about going out in the last sixteen in Paris, he has played a lot of tennis and there were plenty of positives over the last few weeks and defeat to Stan.
I like the Russian’s intensity and the change of pace and injection of power behind his ground strokes is super impressive. Before turning up to Paris he won back to back indoor titles in St. Petersburg so is suited for the courts.
What do I want to see from Andrey in London?
I don’t think there is pressure on him, I want to see this intensity we’ve seen all season. He has recorded wins over Tsitsipas and Thiem since the lockdown but on this stage I want to see him trouble the best and take this big step forward in his career.