Andrey Rublev speaks on how the Big-3- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer changed the paradigm of sport with their impact. He lauded them for making tennis a prominent sport and for the sheer dominance, the trio displayed that has brought forth the best era in tennis history. The Russian hailed them for inspiring the future crop of players to take up the sport.
Rublev also spoke about the support he has been receiving recently. The World No.5 said there has been a huge shift in mindset and there has been an increase in support post the pandemic. Rublev who recently lifted the doubles title in Marseille said despite the limited spectators in the stadium, the atmosphere was much better when compared to two years ago.
“Novak (Djokovic), Rafa, and Roger (Federer) have changed the sport completely. It is because of them that tennis enjoyed its best moments in history. A lot of people want the next generation of players to come through, I start to feel more and more their support, wherever I play. When I was coming to Dubai earlier, say two years ago, no one was supporting me, now I feel really welcome. In Rotterdam, I was in the quarterfinals before the pandemic, the stadium was full of people. They were not supporting me that much,” Rublev said in an interview with Times of India.
“This year, there were only maybe 1000 spectators allowed, I felt much more welcome than two years before. In Marseille, when I was playing a French player, they were obviously supporting the home player, but when I was winning some good points, they were cheering for me too. Three years ago, even when I made a good winner, no one was clapping even,” he added.
Andrey Rublev makes a winning start to his Indian Wells campaign
Coming into the Indian Wells just weeks after his title triumph in Dubai, Rublev has carried this winning momentum by making a good start in both his doubles and singles campaign. In his opener, he defeated Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-4 to extend his winning streak to 10 matches. The 7th seed will now take on home favorite Francis Tiafoe in the third round.
In the doubles, he teamed up with fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev to notch up a win against the Spanish duo of Robert Bautista Agut and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The duo will now take on 3rd seeded pairing of Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.