"This is the proudest title of my career": Andrey Rublev opens up on the hurdles overcome in Madrid to clinch second Masters 1000 title

Monday, 06 May 2024 at 03:20
Andrey Rublev celebrated his second Masters 1000 title after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final of the Madrid Open. The Russian tennis player clinched his second title of the season with a remarkable comeback to beat the Canadian by 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, securing his 16th professional title.
At 26 years old, he joined the select list of tennis players who have won two different Masters 1000 titles on clay, as he won the first one in the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters. The others were Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Alexander Zverev.

Rublev proclaims it as the proudest title of his career

The 26-year-old player entered the tournament with four consecutive losses, but he showcased his best level in Madrid and even ousted the 2-times defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals. "I have no words. If you knew what I had been through in the past nine days you would not imagine that I would be able to win a title," Rublev said after his victory.
The Russian player has been known for his consistency on the tour for several years, but he had been experiencing a negative streak in the past few months with four consecutive defeats. He expressed his excitement about turning the situation around after failing to defend his title at the Monte-Carlo Masters in his opening match: "I'm incredibly happy. That one week changed everything because now it looks like I was not losing the last weeks in the first round!"
Rublev won his first Masters 1000 at 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters against Holger Rune.
Rublev had started the year as world No. 5, but losing almost 1000 points two weeks ago caused him to drop to No. 8. The title in Madrid will allow him to climb a couple of positions up to No. 6. Considering it's his second Masters 1000 title, Rublev commented that this one was even more special: "I would say this is the proudest title of my career," the Russian said. "I was almost dead every day. I was not sleeping at night. The last three, four days I didn't sleep."

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