Andrey Rublev says he is determined to take full advantage of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Dominic Thiem pulling out of the Miami Open next week.
Rublev has been in sensational form since the ATP resumed following the enforced coronavirus break last year
He is the world number eight, although he would actually be a top three player if the ATP were using the usual system for rankings rather than the emergency measures they currently have in place.
He wants to strengthen that position even more though, and he thinks Miami presents a perfect opportunity to do it.
“Of course. I want to be as ready as I can for Miami, because there’s gonna be no Rafael Nadal, no Roger Federer and no Dominic Thiem,” Rublev said.
“And in my case, all 1000s tournaments, I have no points there.
“So I can win a lot of points by winning a couple of matches, if I go further I can win a lot of points. So, really great challenge for me.”
Despite Rublev’s recent superb form, he also admitted he still worries the bubble may burst. However, he is using that fear for motivation to make sure it doesn’t.
“Maybe it’s this kind of fear, that it’s not enough,” Rublev said.
“The fear maybe I’m not gonna make it or fear that I’m not gonna be good enough for a while.
“In the end, the fear helps me to improve. So, that’s why I want to improve and improve.”
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