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

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro
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
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
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
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.
 

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro
Anderson pushed him actually a bit somewhat more then I thought. Right now Rublev is in great form and is forehand seems to have become even deadlier. According to Tennisabstract his forehand potency is the all-time highest. For my part I have to dig deeper to understand the implications of that stat. What I can see is a very potent and precise forehand which puts huge pressure down the court...

Once again you can see the serve effect if you go through the stats with his serve games getting shorter and more successful. And this without gaining too much muscle and slowing his movement down.

Really appreciate Andrey more then a year ago.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Getting the year started with a goaty endorsement.....wowza


Poast bumpity to properly date the Golden Eagle endorsement, @Subway Tennis .
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
Anyone a bit surprised by Rubles not really problem solving too well at his B-level and unravelling a bit in the Korda and Hurtcash matches? I get he is a bit tired from so much success thus far in 2021, but Miami really was his to lose once Med was eliminated.

Korda was a pretty big struggle at the end of each set with the choking from 5-2, and he wasn’t figuring much out once Korda started teeing off.

He barely tested Hurtcash’s on the FH side at all until 1-5 down in the 1st, by which time Hurtcash was already way off his leash. Point after point after point he was just feeding BH CC or IO FH into Hurtcash’s BH-side. Hurtcash was solid there, able to hit defensive shots deep including a lot to the central-DTL area, far enough away from Rubles’ preferred FH strike zone in mid-ad-court position. Hurtcash’s counter-attacking out of the BH side was excellent.

Sure enough, the movement and stroke weakness was in fact there on the FH side. When Rubles started inside-in FH, BH DTL, he kept him pinned much deeper, broke back and was sorta back in it before drifting off back into robot mode hitting wayyy too much to the BH side again.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
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.
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.

Can't wait for 2hours+ of forehand and inshallah
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
One 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?
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
One 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?
I don't know about the alpha, but the Omega actually makes sense

 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
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.
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.”
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Looks like Andrey is skipping Hamburg after reaching the final in consecutive years. Must be focusing on the Olympics.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Rubylev is top dog in Section 2, which means a Joe Kovic encounter in the QFs if the draws are chalk. 1R is vs lefty CC specialist Delbonis, who is winless on grass in 10 matches.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
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)
Thread and OP bumpity. Falstaff called it! Top 10 and better but a title slump back to Rotterdam this winter.
 

robow7

Professional
Rublev is somewhat of a mystery to me. I often see him play so damn well and think, no one can withstand the pace and depth of his groundies. Other than Med and Djoker, I can't see anyone defending against this guy but then somewhere along the tourney he can't finish the deal. Helluva player and I'm assuming his time will come.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Was a bit disappointed to see that he's another one of the anti-vax tennis players.

But oh well, just a tennis player. Ultimately seems a nice kid at the end of the day.
 
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