Andrey Rublev discloses the extent of fan-boying over Rafael Nadal after clinching the Monte-Carlo Masters title

The Rafael Nadal fanboy Andrey Rublev shows love for his idol after clinching the maiden ATP-1000 title in Monte Carlo


Andrey Rublev discloses the extent of fan-boying over Rafael Nadal after clinching the Monte-Carlo Masters title

Andrey Rublev and Rafael Nadal

Russian World No.6 Andrey Rublev disclosed how big a fan he is of Spanish legend Rafael Nadal after claiming his first ATP-1000 Masters title in Monte Carlo. He had shown his immense mental strength in the final against the Danish wunderkind Holger Rune as he had to comeback from 1-4 in the final set to seal the match: 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

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The Russian also had support from a major section of the crowd in Monte Carlo. After thanking the huge support from the crowd, Rublev also talked about Rafael Nadal’s influence on his tennis career. As the Russian said, “Nadal was my idol. I was buying his clothes, all the new outfits. I was trying to copy him.”

The Russian had a win-loss record of 13-8 in the hard courts this season. Now he has moved to 5-0 in clay court. This will make him a strong competitor for the rest of the clay court swing as well. With Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz yet to start their clay court swing, and Novak Djokovic struggling to get his top form, the tennis world is looking forward to some new rivalries on the clay courts this season.

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Andrey Rublev has a win over Rafael Nadal already

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

The Russian World No.6 Andrey Rublev‘s maiden ATP-1000 Masters title in Monte Carlo is the final result of total grit, determination, and dedication he has shown over the years, especially on clay courts. Rublev had already beaten Rafael Nadal, the greatest clay court player ever, once in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. The stunning win then was the greatest in Rublev’s career.

With Rafael Nadal still sidelined due to an injury this season, Andrey Rublev has good chances of deeper runs in the rest of the clay court tournaments as well. He is yet to lose a clay court match this season after clinching five straight wins. This was the third ATP-1000 final for Rublev after losing in the first two attempts at Monte Carlo Masters 2021 and Cincinnati Masters 2021.

Rublev‘s win in Monte-Carlo marks his first tour-level title of the season and his biggest title to date. The victory has also helped him move up seven spots to fifth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race to Turin.

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