Andrey Rublev may have used an extended off-season with results suggesting he ran out of steam later in the 2021 campaign.
Instead, Rublev took the shortest break on the whole tour. But that may not be a problem.
The 24-year-old, who helped Russia win the Davis Cup title on December 5, returned to the Mamoura Diversified World Tennis Championships on December 17. Rublev defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (5), so an 11-day vacation seems to have been enough. ), Defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the semi-finals 3-6, 6-4 and in the championship match.
“This is my third time and I love to come all the time,” said the fifth in the world. “We have quality matches with top players. It’s great to have this kind of match ahead of the new season. That’s why we’re here. That’s a great preparation.
“It’s a great pleasure to share the courtroom with Andy. He’s a special player. A real legend. It was a great match. I think the spectators enjoyed it. That’s why we play tennis. is.”
It was a positive week for Murray. The 34-year-old Scottish played basically in every ATP tournament he could do this fall, but demonstrated his efforts in the third round performance at Indian Wells and the finish in the quarterfinals in Stockholm. Abu Dhabi will beat Dan Evans and Rafael Nadal, and the match against Rublev should give confidence for 2022.
“I always enjoy coming back,” Murray recalled. “I played three really good matches, but Andrey played really well. He has a very good game. I take a positive. I enjoyed my week completely.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’m healthy; I need to find a way to change things in the game against the biggest players and run better in the biggest tournaments. It’s a great way to prepare for the new season.”
Nadal lost to Murray 6-3, 7-5 in the semi-finals in a tiebreaker in the third set of the bronze medal match last summer after recovering from a leg injury that had left him aside since Washington, DC. I fell into Shapovalov. ..
– Tennis Sports
Rublev wins title at Mamoura Championship, Andy Murray runner-up, Rafa Nadal Winres in Abu Dhabi
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