Rublev is a MACHINE

Meles

Bionic Poster

0:49, literally a monster
Beware that Sousa looked like a really bad matchup with Rublev in this match.

Rublev is still just 20 years old and after a great start this year got derailed by fractured back taking him out at the start of clay season for three months.

People comment on the Rublev forehand a lot, but many feel his backhand is the real weapon as he never gives ground off that side. Rublev has great returning stats particularly on 2nd serves where his aggression really pays off. Weakness is 2nd serve game, but at least with Sousa match he's done well. He played well at Citi Open this year with an improved first serve at that event, but hasn't done much since.:oops:
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
One of the biggest hitter of the game (impressive for a "lightweight" player) but also a no-brainer. I saw him a lot of times put his opponents in difficult positions with his forehands and still he doesn't go to the net to end the point and loses it when he should have won it easily. I think he is top 15 material but I can't see him compete for the biggest titles.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
One of the biggest hitter of the game (impressive for a "lightweight" player) but also a no-brainer. I saw him a lot of times put his opponents in difficult positions with his forehands and still he doesn't go to the net to end the point and loses it when he should have won it easily. I think he is top 15 material but I can't see him compete for the biggest titles.
Only 20 and I could see him making top 5 for a time and maybe sneaking a slam (already has QF at US Open.)
 

Fabresque

Professional
His ‘17 US Open run impressed me the most. beat #9 Goffin and #7 Dimitrov in straight sets on his way to the quarters, where he lost to Nadal.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
He was insanely in the zone that set.

Still a brainless basher that won't come to net to save his life.
Won a doubles titles with Tursunov of all people.


Rublev will get to net some of the time and is not hapless at least like some.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Won a doubles titles with Tursunov of all people.


Rublev will get to net some of the time and is not hapless at least like some.
Had no idea he won a dubs title with him. I actually hit with Tursunov back around 6 years ago. He can volley. Not so sure about Rublev. He could pull his opponent into the stands and still not come to net (I've seen it happen).
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Had no idea he won a dubs title with him. I actually hit with Tursunov back around 6 years ago. He can volley. Not so sure about Rublev. He could pull his opponent into the stands and still not come to net (I've seen it happen).
:eek: I didn't watch a lot of this last match because it was a blow out.
 

2good4U

Professional
He was insanely in the zone that set.

Still a brainless basher that won't come to net to save his life.
He comes to net ......
































to shake hands after winning!:D


S & V is dead, let it RIP. (and not ruin all the fantastic baseline rallies)

Or just stick to watching Doubles, where they mindlessly attack the net every point.:rolleyes:
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
When he's in the zone he's one of my absolute favourites to watch. When he's not in the zone he is an absolute nightmare to be a fan of. He's young enough to give you hope that maybe he won't remain this one dimensional forever, but man does he want to make me tear my hair out a lot of the time.
 

Freddy Cat

Professional
He comes to net ......
































to shake hands after winning!:D


S & V is dead, let it RIP. (and not ruin all the fantastic baseline rallies)

Or just stick to watching Doubles, where they mindlessly attack the net every point.:rolleyes:
LOL, "mindlessly attack the net". Look at the people who do actually come to the net... Federer, Raonic, M. Zverev, Muller, Karlovic... and then tell me that the likes of baseline grinders like Zverev, Thiem, basically any up and coming player, even come close in terms of tennis IQ.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
You think others cant hit like that? Plenty of fed or rafa highlights where sometimes they hit such a rocket.
But if you get it in 5 times out of 10 its notrly worth using it much.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
Beware that Sousa looked like a really bad matchup with Rublev in this match.

Rublev is still just 20 years old and after a great start this year got derailed by fractured back taking him out at the start of clay season for three months.

People comment on the Rublev forehand a lot, but many feel his backhand is the real weapon as he never gives ground off that side. Rublev has great returning stats particularly on 2nd serves where his aggression really pays off. Weakness is 2nd serve game, but at least with Sousa match he's done well. He played well at Citi Open this year with an improved first serve at that event, but hasn't done much since.:oops:
his lateral movement is also very suspect, which makes sense due to lack of lower (or any) body strength.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
his lateral movement is also very suspect, which makes sense due to lack of lower (or any) body strength.
Yeah. I don't see him as a prospect for number one. He's got to keep the opponents on the defensive or his movement can be exposed. Just no chance with a player like Nadal.
 

3lite

Professional
One of the biggest hitter of the game (impressive for a "lightweight" player) but also a no-brainer. I saw him a lot of times put his opponents in difficult positions with his forehands and still he doesn't go to the net to end the point and loses it when he should have won it easily. I think he is top 15 material but I can't see him compete for the biggest titles.
He's heavier than Djokovic.
 

3lite

Professional
Djoker is 160-65 and rub is 140
Both about 6-2
I wasn't referring to weight.

He's heavier in terms of his playstyle - a dictator from the baseline. Notice how much more flat footed he is than Djokovic whether he is hitting or returning? Rublev actually dictates the pace of the attack where as Djokovic simply negates.
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
LOL, "mindlessly attack the net". Look at the people who do actually come to the net... Federer, Raonic, M. Zverev, Muller, Karlovic... and then tell me that the likes of baseline grinders like Zverev, Thiem, basically any up and coming player, even come close in terms of tennis IQ.
Shapovalov comes to the net quite often and Tsitsipas has a good volley also. In general, I would say that next gen players come to the net more often than the generation of Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro at the same age. (and even now)
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Hit some great backhands as well..... didn’t see the doubles but he just needs a good coach to choose his moments to come in like Nads and Djoko and I think he will win a couple of slams.

And lets face it, with the lack of competition in the nextgen, who WONT win a slam or two in the next 10 years or so?!
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Rublev, lets introduce you to the epitome of sexiness, so you can learn at the feet the the master.

Good luck...



Long pause...



:eek::oops::rolleyes:
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Nah. He's 6'2, 150 pounds and has won one piddly tournament in Croatia. Wait until he at least wins a Masters 1000 before proclaiming him as sexy, since he ain't. In the sexy sweepstakes, even beanpole Zverev (GAG!) beats this Ruskie in the sex department.
Both are amazing athletes
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
pretty much everyone is heavier than Djoker at this point.

Djoker and Fed are like a walking reminders that that you don't need upper body muscles for tennis
Fed has big back, legs and chest but skinny bone arms
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Rublev, lets introduce you to the epitome of sexiness, so you can learn at the feet the the master.

Good luck...



Long pause...



:eek::oops::rolleyes:
Uhhhh, pretty sure that if this were the dark ages, rublev's the type to just want to kill enemies and burn stuff, with women being things you just trade for more swords
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
The bigger questio is...did he expose Nishikori's false dawn after exposing Shapavalov's false dawn?
One of the many conundrums of the Strong era. Nishikori has the talent to beat everyone, but he is too kind to his fans and plays too much. Playing bunch of mickey mouse instead of spending quiet time at hospitals, ortho clinics, and rehabilitation resorts, even in the winter! Plus he refuses to bribe directors and gets stiffed on draws -- having to battle Djokovic in the USO semis instead of the easy breezy peasy cozy Federer for the Cilic fresh and rested like a spring cucumber for the final!
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
If by "machine" you mean someone who plays all the balls at the same speed without an ounce of variation to his game, then yes, he's a machine.
 
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