Andrey Rublev had a terrible finish to his run at the Canadian Open where he was defeated by Dan Evans 4-6, 4-6 in an hour and 30 minutes of play. This major upset came after yet another disastrous loss to Yoshihito Nishioka in the semi-final clash at the Citi Open. Rublev was looking pretty confident to continue his winning ways as he had already won 35 out of 46 matches till his semi-final encounter at the Citi Open.
Out of his 11 ATP Tour singles titles in his career, he has already won three titles this year. At the Open 13 in Marseille, he defeated Felix-Auger Aliassime followed by defeating Jiri Vesely at the Dubai Tennis Championship. His master-stroke win was delivered at the Serbia Open where he defeated Novak Djokovic in front of his home crowd. He was not a part of the Championship due to the ban on the Russian and Belarus players. He also had a fair share of wins at the French Open till he got defeated in the quarter-finals against Marin Cilic. He has won three doubles titles and is an Olympic gold medalist, winning the mixed doubles title at the 2020 Summer Olympics with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Andrey Rublev’s outrage leaves him injured after his loss at Canadian Open
Rublev had often spoken about facing difficulty to control his emotions during the match. His recent outburst was seen during his loss at the Canadian Open in Montreal to Dan Evans. When Evans broke the Russian in the first set, Rublev got frustrated upon not being able to save his point and as a result, hit himself with the racquet. The same act was repeated in the second set as well as he kept losing his cool and displayed signs of frustrations time and again. As the result, he got quite deep cuts on his hand and was bleeding a bit and on top of that, he got eliminated in the first round itself.
This is not the first time Rublev has resorted to such a display of frustration during a match. However, in his defeat against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals of the ATP500 event in Barcelona, the Russian was caught in a moment of rage where he started hitting his knee with his racket and got injured in his knee, which even resulted in slight bleeding. He has been trying to eradicate such on-court behavior but it looks like the young player still needs a lot of improvement in this aspect.
Rublev will next play at the Cincinnati Open in Toronto where he would certainly be keen to erase this defeat and these sad images from his head.