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Andrey Rublev Moves on with 100% Mindset For Madrid After Barcelona Open Flop

Andrey Rublev will face Marton Fucsovivs in the ATP Rotterdam finals on 7 March 2021.

It has been an impressive and exhausting two weeks for Andrey Rublev. After losing in the finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Monte-Carlo Masters, he suffered a tough loss to Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals in Barcelona.

The world No. 7 has shown the tennis world what he is capable of. There have been certain valuable lessons for the young Russian over the last two weeks. Rublev had earlier said that he had to control his emotions in his first-round win over Federico Gaio.

The clay-court season is often considered the most taxing season on the tennis tour, both mentally and physically. After his straight-sets loss to Sinner, the Russian tweeted “Thank you so much for all the support during Barcelona tournament. Now it’s time to recover mentally and to be 100% ready for Madrid”.

Nadal and Djokovic will be the heavy favorites to lift at least two of the three trophies. The 23-year-old has often been under the scanner for losing his cool when it matters. But if the last two tournaments are anything to go by, he has learned to stay mentally strong, even after a tough loss.

Andrey Rublev eyes a big clay-court season

Andrey Rublev has often found himself losing his cool during the match
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Andrey Rublev has a week to recharge his batteries before he takes to court again in the Madrid Masters. With eight ATP singles trophies to his name, he is no stranger to titles. But with two Masters 1000 titles and the French Open taking place in the next two months, he will be looking to make deep runs in all three tournaments.

It will be interesting to see how Rublev bounces back after the two losses in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Barring any injury, 2021 may be the year where Rafael Nadal may finally be challenged on the red surface. Rublev has done it once in Monte-Carlo this year, can he repeat it on the biggest stage?

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