Andrey Rublev is receiving accolades at the same rate as his accomplishments: three straight quarter-final appearances at a Grand Slam (US Open, Roland Garros, and Australian Open), his first qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, and a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. He has a lot of reasons to be happy.
Fernando Vicente has worked with Rublev for four years and has had a front-row seat to the Russian’s highs and lows, from the player’s 2018 spinal stress fracture to his recovery and stratospheric ascent in 2020. Rublev ripped through the competition this year, capturing a Tour-leading five championships and climbing to a career-high No. 8 on the FedEx ATP Rankings.
Coach of the year
Fernando Vicente, a former Spanish player, was named Coach of the Year at the 2020 ATP Awards after helping Andrey Rublev to a career-best breakout season.
Vicente resigned from professional tennis in 2011 after a career that took him as high as World No. 29. He became the first Spanish coach to win Coach of the Year since the award’s establishment in 2016. He also won three singles championships and two doubles titles on the ATP Tour. Vicente began working with Rublev in 2016 when the Russian came at the ‘4Slamtennis Academy’ in Barcelona, which Vicente co-founded with fellow players Galo Blanco and Jairo Velasco.
“I would say Andrey has made me a better coach,” Vicente reflected. “I’ve learned and continue to learn a lot with him. I think that on my end, he understands what I’m trying to impart on him and there’s a very good personal connection, too. If not, it would be impossible to stay together so long.”
Vicente made it plain that he will not rest on his laurels in the next season, despite a tumultuous 2020 season and a new accolade to add to his trophy collection. The Spanish articulated his goal for 2021, which included the same ambition for constant growth that has made Rublev such a force on the Tour: to keep climbing to new heights.
“We’ve gone through some difficult times and now have had a fantastic year. The trick is to keep working with zeal, and your efforts will pay off. So we must keep progressing and not be complacent; there is still plenty to improve if we are to maintain our current position”, he stated.
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