‘I didn’t handle the pressure or emotions well,’ admits Andrey Rublev after Miami exit

Andrey Rublev is one of the hottest players on the Tour right now, but admitted that he let the pressure get the better of him in the Miami Open semi-final.

Rublev has had a great year so far, helping Team Russia to win the ATP Cup, and reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

He then went to win the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, before reaching the semi-finals in Doha and Dubai the following week.

Although currently ranked 8th in the world, he should actually have moved into third in the world if the ATP rankings system were operating as usual rather than the coronavirus system which is currently in place.

And after a successful week in Miami, beating Marton Fucsovics, Marin Cilic and promising youngster Sebastian Korda, Rublev finally came unstuck against Hubert Hurkacz in Friday’s semi-final.

After the match Rublev was reflective about his tournament performance and honest about why he thinks he lost the match.

“It’s [been a] great week for me. I did my first semis [at an ATP Masters 1000]. I’m playing really consistent. Every week I go deep in the tournament,” Rublev said.

“Today was not my day. Hurkacz played really well and he deserved to win. That’s it. Not much to say more. Now it’s time to go back to work hard to be ready for the clay season.”

“It’s just maybe I couldn’t handle a bit [of] pressure that well and he was playing quite well,” Rublev admitted. “That’s it.”

“I still was close. I almost come back, but it was not enough. I was not playing that aggressive like normally I’m playing. I was a bit more defensive.

“I didn’t probably handle pressure, emotions well, and that was the key.”

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