Is Rublev the next Ferrer?

USO

Professional
He reminds me of him. Very intense and solid on every point, similar baseline game, but nothing that stands out in terms of one special shot or special strategy. He will definitely have a great career with consistant solid results and make a lot of money but I don’t think he will be winning slams or be #1. There will always be someone out there with a bigger weapon or something more special. But I have nothing against him I do wish him the best, he is a very solid and dedicated player.
 

USO

Professional
No, because he has beaten Federer ;)
But it wasn’t really prime Federer... Also Rublev probably hits the ball harder overall than Ferrer but that’s part of the evolution of the game as each generation hits harder. What I’m saying is that he will be the Ferrer of his time while players like Shapovalov, Tsitsipas, Medvedev and a few others have something extra. Nothing wrong with it he will still have an amazing career.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
He reminds me of him. Very intense and solid on every point, similar baseline game, but nothing that stands out in terms of one special shot or special strategy.
One of the best forehands on tour, sans doute. Especially forehands from the ad-court, which is his go-to strategy. (Which I suppose was the case for Ferrer also, incidentally.)

There are some similarities, I'd agree. But Rublev does play bigger, more aggressive, which I think gives him a higher ceiling against top players. Ferrer deffo defended better and moved better in his pomp, no question.

Rublev should be contending in some slam semis in the future, maybe reach some finals in the upcoming vacuum era. Whether he can become good enough to nick a slam remains to be seen.
 

ibbi

Legend
I don’t think he’s anything like Ferrer. Schwartzman is like Ferrer, and Rublev’s forehand is one of the biggest most beautiful weapons on the tour so disagree on all counts:p
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
Their similarities are that they grunt loudly on every shot and they seem to put all of their energy into every shot. Other than that they play completely different styles. Ferrer is more defensive and Rublev is very offensive with huge groundstrokes on both sides.
 

Devtennis01

Hall of Fame
Rublev has all the weapons, the problem is that he misses with all of them.
He's frustrating to watch. I love watching him when he's on but he lacks the ability sometimes to rein it in. Or if he is misfiring, he goes off the boil quickly.
Will I suffer as a Rublev fan as I did a Nalbandian one?
At least with Safin I got USO 2000 and AO 2005.
 

James P

Legend
He's 22. He still has time to grow his game. Definitely appears one dimensional now, but who knows in a few years.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
He reminds me of him. Very intense and solid on every point, similar baseline game, but nothing that stands out in terms of one special shot or special strategy. He will definitely have a great career with consistant solid results and make a lot of money but I don’t think he will be winning slams or be #1. There will always be someone out there with a bigger weapon or something more special. But I have nothing against him I do wish him the best, he is a very solid and dedicated player.
I definitley had him pegged as 2nd tier Diamond Age talent with top rank of 5, but I'm not so sure now. Angrey is still just 22 years old and about the age when Medvedev's return numbers and movement took off at the start of 2019.

His return game is very fine, but not as great as Ferrer's. For serve game he's surprisingly high so far this year with 68% serve points won on hard courts. Ferrer was just 1-2 in finals at this age in his career. Ferrer in his peak serve game years of 2011 and 2012 won 65.5% of serve points on hard, and not much more than 41% on return, so actually if the stats hold up this year on hard courts Rublev has already passed peak Ferrer with a far betterer serve game.o_O
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
He reminds me of him. Very intense and solid on every point, similar baseline game, but nothing that stands out in terms of one special shot or special strategy. He will definitely have a great career with consistant solid results and make a lot of money but I don’t think he will be winning slams or be #1. There will always be someone out there with a bigger weapon or something more special. But I have nothing against him I do wish him the best, he is a very solid and dedicated player.
In terms of making me hate him by beating all my favorite players, then yes.

Rublev hits a lot harder than Ferrer, though. He can blow opponents off the court, I've never seen Ferrer win with sheer firepower.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Rubles has got to be this year's most improved player on the ATP tour. I can't think of anyone that's come close to his leap forward in this abbreviated season.
Sinner and Shapo have a case for it too, but you're right, Rublev is probably the most improved.
 

DSH

Legend
´Angry Bweeeeh´ have much more potential than the Spanish Terrier.
If Ferru reached a GS final, the Russian will reach at least two.
:D
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
He reminds me of him. Very intense and solid on every point, similar baseline game, but nothing that stands out in terms of one special shot or special strategy. He will definitely have a great career with consistant solid results and make a lot of money but I don’t think he will be winning slams or be #1. There will always be someone out there with a bigger weapon or something more special. But I have nothing against him I do wish him the best, he is a very solid and dedicated player.
You need to see an optometrist soon. There isn't anything similar between these two.
 

thomasferrett

Hall of Fame
I see the similarity in that they both have no weapons and weak groundstrokes off both sides. However, Ferrer's fitness and movement is a whole two tiers above Rublev's.
 

USO

Professional
I think some of you are underestimating Ferrer because he also had a lot of power, you need to go watch some of his matches. The thing with Ferrer and Rublev is that they hit their shots with 80% force all the time, But it doesn’t seem that they have this 100% force shot, something extra special.
 

Thundergod

Professional
I think some of you are underestimating Ferrer because he also had a lot of power, you need to go watch some of his matches. The thing with Ferrer and Rublev is that they hit their shots with 80% force all the time, But it doesn’t seem that they have this 100% force shot, something extra special.
Sounds like Monfils tbh
 

USO

Professional
Sounds like Monfils tbh
Monfils had the talent but not the mental strength. I've seen Monfils blast the ball in a way few people could, but in matches he choked and played too defensive. With Rublev and Ferrer it feels as if they are hitting every ball as hard as they can but it only reaches 80% while some of their opponents can have a shot at 100%.
 

Gerco

Rookie
He's frustrating to watch. I love watching him when he's on but he lacks the ability sometimes to rein it in. Or if he is misfiring, he goes off the boil quickly.
Will I suffer as a Rublev fan as I did a Nalbandian one?
At least with Safin I got USO 2000 and AO 2005.
Just like watching Shapovalov, but Rublev proved yesterday that he is more stable mentally.
 
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