Home » After a thrilling victory in the Monte Carlo final, “emotional” Andrey Rublev makes a forthright statement.
After a thrilling victory in the Monte Carlo final, “emotional” Andrey Rublev makes a forthright statement.
Andrey Rublev was overcome with excitement as he won his maiden Masters championship and said that he thought the Monte Carlo final was finished halfway through the third set. At the age of 25, Rublev defeated Holger Rune on Sunday, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, to win his first Masters championship.
Rune had a break point in the sixth game of the third set, which would have given him a double-break advantage and a 4-1 lead. Rublev, fortunately, managed to hold onto that break point and reduce the lead to 4-2. Later, Rublev defeated Rune in games seven and eleven before serving out the match in game twelve.
“I am crying. To be honest, I don’t know what to say. I’m not sure. Finally, I’m just pleased. I’ve been working so hard to win this Masters 1000 competition. The ATP website quotes Rublev as saying, “I thought there was no way to win, but nevertheless I managed to lose 4-1, Love-30, saving break points.
Rublev pleased with his ability to fight back against Rune
Rublev lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3 in his maiden Masters final at the 2021 Monte Carlo tournament. Rublev lost to Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-3 in the Cincinnati Masters final in 2021 as well.
Rublev simply wanted to give himself a chance to win in his third Masters final. “I secretly hoped that maybe I would get one opportunity at least. At the very least, attempt to play through to the end. Because I can still vividly recall the previous finals, I know that I was not mentally prepared, that I had no chance of winning, and that I was absolutely losing my mind.
And today I was at least [thinking], ‘Okay, if you’re going to lose today at least please believe till the finish,’ and that is what I was trying to do in the third set, hoping that maybe I would have one additional chance to come back or whatever, and in the end I was able to do it,’ said Rublev.