I stake my rubles on Rublev: the official Andrey match watch

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Guys I was at Wimbledon qualies yesterday. Watched Rublev take on Dodig (former top 30, RG doubles champ, Wimbledon 4R). Even though Andrey lost a tight 6-4 in the third I walked away with a new found admiration.

1) the kid is 17 and hits the cover off the ball - absolutely leathers it off both wings! Of the 30-40 matches on offer at Roehampton over the last two days this match had consistently the cleanest sweetest ball striking - all the way from the first game to the last one. (Dodig hits a heavy ball too)

Andrey will obviously fill out and become much, much stronger before he hits his peak years.

2) great height - 6-2 or 1.88 meters - same as Novak. Informally I've gathered this is close to the optimum height for a male tennis pro

3) great movement. Despite the lanky frame he has quick and lithe movement around the court, and good defensive skills. (A couple of slips in the final two games notwithstanding)

4) good repertoire - good volleys, a good serve - hit a couple of clutch aces (eg down 15-40 MP), good topspin, great slice. Great composure under pressure.

5) great sportsmanship. There were a couple of dodig serves which hit lines which the linespeople could conceivably have called out but which Andrey reflexively called in.

All in all it was a complete revelation to see a 17 year old play at this level, with such composure and class. I have every reason to believe we are watching a future top ten player here!!!



(PS I know there's a Rublev thread in GPPD forum but I wanted to create a thread where match results can be discussed)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Great thread title! There is a nice potential rivalry with another 17-year-old who also hits some power tennis...Taylor Fritz. Will we see Chapter 1 in the Boys draw?
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Great thread title! There is a nice potential rivalry with another 17-year-old who also hits some power tennis...Taylor Fritz. Will we see Chapter 1 in the Boys draw?
Thanks a lot!

Yeah I was excited Fritz repaid the Nottingham organizers' faith with a win and put up a fight against probably one of the 10 best grass players in the world in his loss!! A good hope for all our American friends in the future!

Hope they have a great rivalry. Watch this space!!!
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
A bit disappointingly for Andrey, his conqueror Dodig went out in a tight, tight match to Horacio Zeballos.

Still, no shame in losing to a man who loses to a man who has an elegant one handed backhand, and who is one of only three men along with GOAT and BillyGOAT to defeat the Knees in a clay final.

Bamos!!!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sad that Dodig lost out but it makes me believe Rublev may have softened him up.

Wonder if we'll have LL's advance to the main draw and who he/they will be.
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Sad that Dodig lost out but it makes me believe Rublev may have softened him up.

Wonder if we'll have LL's advance to the main draw and who he/they will be.
Yup watched this match approximately 2 feet from the court. Caught last two sets. Will upload some courtside vidz later.

Both Dodig and Zeballos are real gentlemen. Very polite and respectful to the ball kids.

Very intense match. Three breakers and three service breaks in 4 sets.

All in all the match showed Rublev in a very positive light!!
 

Gonzalito17

Banned
Saw him beat Carrena Busta in Miami, VERY impressive performance by Rublev, he also later beat Verdasco and now just clinched Davis Cup tie for Russia. He is thin but explosive, see a big future for this Russian juggernaut. Russia has been underachieving as a tennis nation since Davydenko, Rublev could very well be their new tennis king.
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Rublev wins his first challenger title, coming from qualifying to win Quimper with 6 straight wins plus a walkover. Great result at age 18 yrs + 4 months.

Highlights:
  • 6-1 in sets going past 5-5, including 5-1 in TBs
  • Two come from behind wins including the final
  • Three good wins against higher ranked opponents, including 69th ranked Paul-Henri Matheiu
  • Goes up 47 places from 208 to a new career high of 161

Q2 Alexis Gautier (929) 36 63 63
Q3 Evgeny Karlovskiy (455) 76 76
R32 Albano Olivetti (814) 64 76
R16 Karen Khachanov (148) 76 75
QF Lukas Lacko (109) 64 36 76
SF Sergei Stakhovsky (114) W/O
F Paul-Henri Mathieu (69) 67 64 64

Bamos!
 
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Meles

Bionic Poster
Rublev wins his first challenger title, coming from qualifying to win Quimper with 6 straight wins plus a walkover. Great result at age 18 yrs + 4 months.

Highlights:
  • 6-1 in sets going past 5-5, including 5-1 in TBs
  • Two come from behind wins including the final
  • Three good wins against higher ranked opponents, including 69th ranked Paul-Henri Matheiu
  • Goes up 47 places from 208 to a new career high of 161

Q2 Alexis Gautier (929) 36 63 63
Q3 Evgeny Karlovskiy (455) 76 76
R32 Albano Olivetti (814) 64 76
R16 Karen Khachanov (148) 76 75
QF Lukas Lacko (109) 64 36 76
SF Sergei Stakhovsky (114) W/O
F Paul-Henri Mathieu (69) 67 64 64

Bamos!
Hard court dominance of 108% (54%) which considering he won the tournament and against moderately ranked opponents; its just a step in the right direction. Mathieu has been playing well lately and I watched a good bit of the third set today. He did not roll over so Rublev has the stuff to make top 100 for sure this year, but hopefully his game will take off on clay soon (RG 2014 Boys Champ!)
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Great to see Rubles finally getting back to winning ways after a prolonged slump. I hope he keeps it up. Still getting into too many tight sets and breakers; difference is he won them now.

Clay season should be good indeed :)
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
My spellcheck still defaults to "Rubles" so I now refer to him as "The Young Medieval Artist". Can't wait for him to get all medieval on that Bulgarian knockoff Young Artist.:eek:
Well he's Russian and he's money, so perhaps your spellcheck is wiser than we give it credit for!

:)
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Next up...Michael Berrer. At 112 he's ranked a mere 49 places above our intrepid protagonist.

2200 GMT / 1700 ET Wednesday

This for a spot in the main draw.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Hope there's something left in the tank...a very long week at Quimper, followed by the journey across the Atlantic and NA and then a longish struggle with Devvarman.

Berrer is tough when he serves well.
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Hope there's something left in the tank...a very long week at Quimper, followed by the journey across the Atlantic and NA and then a longish struggle with Devvarman.

Berrer is tough when he serves well.
I hope he slept on the plane. And didn't spend 10 hours hoovering up food and watching films.

(Which is what I tend to do on long, work-related flights when I can ill-afford to forgo the rest)
 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Lost first set to Berrer by a single break. Which was surrendered after saving 5 BPs. Those were only 6BPs by either player in set

Down BPs at 2-2 in second
 
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