“There was a lot of pressure on me” Andrey Rublev after winning the 2021 Davis Cup Finals

Andrey Rublev helps the Russian Tennis Federation to win their 3rd Davis Cup title and their first since 2006 as they beat Croatia 2-0 in the finals.

Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev with their individual Davis Cup trophies
Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev with their individual Davis Cup trophies

World No. 5 Andrey Rublev wins one of his biggest career titles as the Russian Tennis Federation defeated Croatia in the finals of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals to win the nation’s 3rd Davis Cup title and first since 2006. Rublev lost only 1 singles match in the round-robin stage but then went unbeaten to help clinch the title.

Rublev was up against Croatia’s Borna Gojo who proved to be a big test for the Russian but Rublev battled past Gojo 6-4 7-6(5) to give Russia the lead before Daniil Medvedev got the better of Marin Cilic in straight-sets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead that handed them the title.

Rublev was also part of the Russian team that won the 2021 ATP Cup in January this year and this is his 3rd title of the season after having won the Tour title in Rotterdam as well. His tally would have increased but he lost two finals of Masters event in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati and the ATP-500 title in Halle.

“It was super tough. There was a lot of pressure on me. But it was good to put my country in the lead. Borna was playing unbelievably for the past two weeks. He has beaten some amazing players and was amazing today. Team competitions are always special. Here in Davis Cup or the Olympics, we spend a lot more time together, which usually doesn’t happen normally.

Here we have to have breakfast together, eat together, spend time together. These are some really special things that we usually don’t realize. These are therefore enormous and unprecedented sensations, and above all, they give us so many sacred memories. This is really the most important thing, I will enjoy the moment,” said Rublev after the win during his interview.

Andrey Rublev ends the year with second best season tally

Russian Davis Cup Team with the 2021 Davis Cup Finals trophy
Russian Davis Cup Team with the 2021 Davis Cup Finals trophy

With the win against Gojo, Rublev ends the season with a 53-23 record. He was 25-10 on outdoor hardcourts, 9-5 on clay, 12-6 on indoor hardcourts and 7-2 on grass this year. His only title this season came on the indoor hardcourts of Rotterdam. 53 wins in the season are his 2nd best career tally after he finished with 54 wins from 81 matches in the 2019 season remains his best so far.

With a good ending to his season, Rublev now has a good break before the title defence of the ATP Cup will begin from 1st January 2022 in Australia and then a massive Australian summer awaits the Russian who still hunts his first Masters and Grand Slam title.

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