A Top 10 Player Flying Under the Radar?

Andrey Rublev has been one of the best on the Tour this year.  He beat Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday at the Erste Open final in Vienna for his fifth title this year.  The win qualified Rublev for his first-ever trip to the ATP Tour Finals this year in London.  Rublev currently is eighth in the ATP rankings, a career-high, and at 23-years old is looking like he could be a top-10 player for years to come.  But, is Andrey Rublev flying under the radar?

It’s been a bumpy road for the young Russian.  Rublev turned pro in 2014, but tennis fans started to take notice of him in 2017 when he made it to the US Open quarterfinals, taking out Grigor Dmitrov and David Goffin along the way.  Since then, he has seen his ranking fluctuate due to injuries that kept him off the court for periods of time.

Fast forward to 2020, it’s safe to say Rublev is having a career year.  He had his best results in both the Australian Open(Round of 16) and Roland Garros (Quarterfinals).  He made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open, matching his run from 2017. 

Putting the majors results aside, Rublev has been scary in the 250 & 500 events.  He’s won 5 titles this year and he currently sits at a career-best number eight in the world.  According to Ultimate Tennis Statistics, Rublev’s ELO (which measures opponent rating as well, meaning wins over quality opponents are worth more than wins over lesser rated players) is fifth in the world.  So not only is Rublev playing well, but he’s doing it against the best.  Tennis fans always talk about Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev as being the top male Russian players in the sport, but now Rublev has passed Karen and is three spots behind Medvedev in the rankings. 

If Rublev can stay healthy heading into the 2021 season and continues on the upward trend that he’s been on for the past year, then there’s no reason why he can’t be a top five player. 

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