Andrey Rublev destroys every ball

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
He has pristine strokes, very fluid and efficient, which is why he hits such a massive ball with his scrawny frame. Lovely ballstriker.

His footwork is very underrated and impressive as well, and big part of why he as able to carry out this hyper-aggressive game style of taking the ball so early with big cuts. Not the fastest or most naturally athletic guy, but good quality of movement. Skips around kinda like an Eastern Euro boxer.
 

President

Legend
Typical basher. Let's see if he has the variety of game to deal with Med.

Last I saw Rublev play he wouldn't come to net to save his life. He would pull guys 8' outside the alley with a forehand and still not come in.
His transition game is a work in progress. :)
 

President

Legend
He has pristine strokes, very fluid and efficient, which is why he hits such a massive ball with his scrawny frame. Lovely ballstriker.

His footwork is very underrated and impressive as well, and big part of why he as able to carry out this hyper-aggressive game style of taking the ball so early with big cuts. Not the fastest or most naturally athletic guy, but good quality of movement. Skips around kinda like an Eastern Euro boxer.
Think he has a chance against Medvedev tomorrow? I think Daniil could be a bad matchup for him, he is too crafty and plays too deep in the court.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Think he has a chance against Medvedev tomorrow? I think Daniil could be a bad matchup for him, he is too crafty and plays too deep in the court.
I agree with your take.

I expect Medvedev to successfully use Rublev's tempo against him, counter him successfully and frustrate him. And I still think Daniil is just a slight step ahead of Rublev in terms of development.

I do think Rublev will have a chance if he can play smartly and try to open up the court and take advantage of Daniil's often passive court positioning, instead of just trying to hit through him.

In the longer run I think Rublev can catch up with Meddy, because he deffo has the cleaner, smoother strokes to build on. But that kind of hyper-aggressive tennis takes some fine-tuning.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Plenty, Khach and Thiem for starters.
But they don't play anything like Rublev other than in the superficial fact that they hit the ball hard.

They lie much deeper in the court than him and don't really try to beat their opponent by taking time away, but rely more on hitting heavy, spinnier balls (especially Thiem does so).

In terms of style, Rublev is almost more as if Agassi or Davydenko went into a fit of rage. There's virtually no one out there now that takes the ball so early and plays with his tempo.

He's extremely one-dimensional, so I get it if not everyone gravitates to his game. But he definitely brings a unique game to the table, so I think it's a shame if people cannot appreciate it.
 

Lavs

Hall of Fame
Agassi was much cleaner ball striker and had much more variety in play. Rublev is merely a ball basher that does not have anything else in his arsenal. Not even close to Andre in comparison. He could be happy if he takes a set against Med tomorrow.
 

haqq777

Legend
He has pristine strokes, very fluid and efficient, which is why he hits such a massive ball with his scrawny frame. Lovely ballstriker.

His footwork is very underrated and impressive as well, and big part of why he as able to carry out this hyper-aggressive game style of taking the ball so early with big cuts. Not the fastest or most naturally athletic guy, but good quality of movement. Skips around kinda like an Eastern Euro boxer.
Good post and agree with all observations. To add, his dad is a former professional boxer and I also get that skipping vibe you mentioned in your post which shows he grew up around a boxing gym a bit maybe.
 
N

Nole14_15NoPressure

Guest
Sinner hits harder and he doesn't sound that pompous when he does.

1:15 weakling
 

President

Legend
Agassi was much cleaner ball striker and had much more variety in play. Rublev is merely a ball basher that does not have anything else in his arsenal. Not even close to Andre in comparison. He could be happy if he takes a set against Med tomorrow.
I don’t think anyone is saying he is going to be as good as Agassi
 

Devtennis01

Hall of Fame
I can see it. He takes everything early hard and flat
Even his down the middle balls and rally balls have a sense of Selesian urgency. It's quite subtle, but he is always pressing the matter. I wonder if this ode to Seles is intentional. I cannot think of another male player who does that.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Agassi was much cleaner ball striker and had much more variety in play. Rublev is merely a ball basher that does not have anything else in his arsenal. Not even close to Andre in comparison. He could be happy if he takes a set against Med tomorrow.
Yeah, as a huge fan of Andre back in the day, there is no comparison between he and Rublev -- in anything. Agassi stood far more inside the court, had a reasonably good slice and occasionally could approach the vet and volley adequately. His FH was near-GOAT levels all his career. Comparing Andre to Rublev is like comparing a Ferrari to a Ford.
 
He has pristine strokes, very fluid and efficient, which is why he hits such a massive ball with his scrawny frame. Lovely ballstriker.

His footwork is very underrated and impressive as well, and big part of why he as able to carry out this hyper-aggressive game style of taking the ball so early with big cuts. Not the fastest or most naturally athletic guy, but good quality of movement.

Skips around kinda like an Eastern Euro boxer.
. . There are Bjorn Borg-like elements to his preparation (footwork, and especially his body position on the coil) when watching the baseline view during the first 2:00 minutes.
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Slowtwitcher

Hall of Fame
Yeah, as a huge fan of Andre back in the day, there is no comparison between he and Rublev -- in anything. Agassi stood far more inside the court, had a reasonably good slice and occasionally could approach the vet and volley adequately. His FH was near-GOAT levels all his career. Comparing Andre to Rublev is like comparing a Ferrari to a Ford.
AA's slice was a bailout shot, he almost never used it in a rally. Of course I agree with FH comment.

Rublev is a bit one-dimensional as in he really tries to hit as hard as he can on every single shot. Match with Med should be fun to watch.
 

citybert

Hall of Fame
Not sure what this proves many guys can do this. same when you see a guy drain 20 three pointers in a row but cant do anything in a game
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
I think old timers are supposed to write "Player forum" in response to posts like these? Let me do the honors.

>>> Player forum <<<
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
That’s what ball bashes do. Djokovic eats them up.

Djokovic would have waltzed through the rest of the draw. Wow, did they hose him.
 
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