The Ascension: Andrey Rublev's Unexpected Climb at the Top of Madrid Open

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📖 Published on: May 7th, 2024

✍️ Updated: May 9th, 2024

⏳ 7 mins read


Andrey Rublev has claimed the proudest title of his career yet, winning his second Masters 1000 title at the age of 26 at the Mutua Madrid Masters. The Russian star has celebrated his big success by capping off a huge victory against Felix Auger-Aliassime, showing that he is still a beast and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to playing on the big stage.


What the Madrid Masters Victory Means for Andrey Rublev


Rublev holding the trorphy with Auger-Aliassime image

Andrey Rublev pulled off some of the biggest performances of his career to win big against the toughest opponents in the Madrid Masters. Sure, the opposition that he faced isn’t really that much tough compared to the previous tournaments in the ATP Tour, but every player who’s managed to come up with a title win in any competition has given their absolute best in bringing the title home. This just says a lot about the dedication that Rublev has put in his game to deliver his promising game on the big stage, showing that he really has what it takes to perform when it matters most.


Rublev last triumphed in a Masters event in 2023 at Monte-Carlo. He came into the Spanish capital having a four-match losing streak, but he shrugged it all off and dug deep to bring his biggest campaign of the season with a bang, and he is pleased to have the chance to show off his best game yet in a long while.


Andrey Rublev was overcome with emotion in his victory image


"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. "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!"


In the end, this has definitely reinvigorated Rublev’s campaign in the ATP Tour. As of the time of writing, Rublev has jumped two places in the ATP Rankings, earning 910 points in the victory at Madrid and now sitting at the sixth spot. He is a thousand points behind Alexander Zverev for the world no. 5, which would definitely be interesting as the Roland-Garros comes close as well.


A Journey to the Top: How Andrey Rublev Climbed the Madrid Masters


Andrey Rublev was the seventh seed to begin the tournament. He went on to beat Facundo Bagnis in straight sets in the Round of 64, a little bit of a flared showdown with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Round of 32, and a promising win over Tallon Griekspoor in the Round of 16. The rest of the rounds, however, were promising enough as it featured impressive showdowns.


Beating the Clay Expert: Vs Carlos Alcaraz in the QF


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What’s a better way to enjoy a promising burst in the competition than to beat the defending champion of the said tournament? That’s what definitely Rublev had in mind when he first matched up against Carlos Alcaraz. However, Alcaraz opened the match with a 6-4 win in the first set, taking Rublev one step back in the quarterfinal and forcing his hand. Alcaraz is a seasoned player in the clay, which made this a tougher game for Rublev. However, the Russian star gathered his wits and went on to claim a stunning win in two straight sets, allowing Alcaraz to win only five games in total. Which says a lot about his impressive performance against one of the ATP Tour’s best.


A Rivalry Renewed: Beating Taylor Fritz in the Semis


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Rublev went on to clinch his ticket to the semis, only to face Taylor Fritz in that round. The American star was one of the best performers in the season so far, and he has done a great job of gaining ground in the tournament. However, Rublev would not be denied in the semis, coming up with victory in straight sets to finish the job. The Russian star won 44 service points in that matchup, all while holding Frittz to just seven games won, proving more about his grit and grind and bringing his fiery resilience when it mattered most.


Primetime Clash With Auger-Aliassime in the Final


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The clash with Felix Auger-Aliassime was a classic as it can be, and it cannot be denied that this showdown with Rublev was the most promising of them all – even if it did not feature any players inside the top five or the favorites. The story was almost the same as his quarterfinal run with Carlos Alcaraz, starting the showdown behind by a set, falling 4-6 in the first one. However, Rublev would go on to bring his best game and deliver some promising punches in the showdown. He had to win the second and third sets at 7-5, and 7-5. Perhaps the key stat here was the games won, with Rublev coming up just by an inch at 18-16. It was clearly Auger-Aliassime’s to win, and Rublev just took advantage of the mistakes that the latter showed off with in the final stretches of each succeeding set after going down 0-1.


All Hail the New Madrid Master


Rublev now looks forward to the next step of battling big in May to make a huge leap in the ATP Rankings. He has definitely imposed his big game against the Canadian star in the final. The new Madrid master is really getting the best out of his run in a long while, and it cannot be denied that we will be seeing more of him as he continues to come back stronger and show that he can be one of the ATP’s hard hitters, especially with the French Open coming up later this month.


For now, Rublev definitely deserves all the rest he can get after a grueling run in the Madrid Open, and this is going to be his chance to prepare for a bigger campaign as there are more big tournaments coming up – a shot for him to bring his game to the next level even more.


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