"I can't complain" - Rublev following ATP Finals exit
After wining 40 out of 48 matches he played this season, and winning 5 titles, Andrey Rublev qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time in his career. However, the Russian lost both of the matches he played in London and lost his chances to qualify for the semifinals. Despite this, he's still happy with the season and says:
“I am grateful for this season. I cannot complain,” said Rublev. “I won so many tournaments that I never won before. This year, I won more tournaments than in [the rest of] my career. I won more matches than [any other year] in my career. I am the one who cannot complain. I can only be grateful for this season. I became Top 10 for the first time, so this season was amazing for me.”
“It is amazing [that] I could turn around this match,” said Rublev. “Basically, it was supposed to be maybe 6-1, 6-3 and I was still there, I was still fighting and, in the end, I had match point…. I was almost there and I had my chance to win the match, so I am really happy with my mental [strength] today. This is the only thing I can take to play against Dominic, because against Dominic you need to have really strong mental [strength] and then you need to play an amazing match.”
“Dominic won two matches. He [played] one of the best matches this year today against Rafa, so he is already in the semi-finals. He has nothing to lose,” said Rublev. “He will go on court and he will play free. He is in really great form now, so we will see. This week he [has been] much better than me, but still I will try to give my best effort to see if I can compete.
“It is a great experience because this event gives you chances to play against the best players and you have to use all of them. It doesn’t matter even if I am already out. Still I have to play my maximum because, in the end, it is the best players and I need to perform my best.”