Anderson next will be a good test of patience.
KAndyman is playing well. Medfly found out the hard way today, generating just one BP in 11 Anderson service games. Had he converted on any of 4 BPs of his own early in the second set, KA would have won in about an hour.Rublev will be the heavy favorite and is the kind of player which is especially hard for a guy like Anderson. Serving strong enough to leaving in this matchup little chances to brake but returning so well that there should be plenty of pressure.
Garros was painful
Poast bumpity to properly date the Golden Eagle endorsement, @Subway Tennis .Getting the year started with a goaty endorsement.....wowza
‘He’s going to be something special’: Roger Federer tips Russian youngster Andrey Rublev as the one to watch in 2020As seals of approval go, they don't come much better than from Roger Federer. That's what Russian youngster Andrey Rublev received as the Swiss tennis icon backed him for big things in 2020.www.rt.com
No, most of fedr’s “offseason “ was his greedy Americas tour that featured Zedraffe as pigeon and left him ill prepared for AO.Oh, was that interview quite a while after? I wonder if Rublev had been hitting with Fed during the off season, and that may have prompted Fed tipping him?
Great performance yesterday, especially the part where he got his act together in the third. I have to admit though I'm worried he's gonna run himself into the ground this year, especially having played a bit of double here and there and also being entered into Barcelona.having crushed both Federer at his favorite hunting ground, The Real Slam, and Nadal in Monte Carlo, we must now come to the inevitable conclusion that Rublev is the most accomplished NextGenner.
So be it.
I don't know about the alpha, but the Omega actually makes senseOne for the nuthuggers: anyone notice Rubles kiss some necklace for luck before serving? He did it at 6-2, 4-5 in MC Vs Nadal. I saw in one of the slow-mo zoom images during the match that he’s wearing an alpha-omega necklace, possibly bwehlated?
To nail it down, can we have the RG’14 Boys champion say into the microphone after his RG’21 title match and state clearly, “I am Andrey Rublev, not a Medieval painter or Jannik Sinner.”having crushed both Federer at his favorite hunting ground, The Real Slam, and Nadal in Monte Carlo, we must now come to the inevitable conclusion that Rublev is the most accomplished NextGenner.
So be it.
“We don’t need no stinking racquets!”
I joked before that he looked like he got his outfit from the lost and found bin. Turns out he needs his racket from the lost and found bin too!
Thread and OP bumpity. Falstaff called it! Top 10 and better but a title slump back to Rotterdam this winter.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)
Overlooked (by me until now, others around here too?) trivial factoid: this was a matchup of consecutive years RG Boys champions; Rubylev in 2014 and Tommy Boy in 2015.