At the start of the 2020 season, Andrei Rublev has been aiming to be in the top 20 of the ATP Rankings. But now, the Russian becomes the eighth player in his country to make it to the World No. 10.
The 22-year-old is second on this year’s ATP Tour with 29 wins at tour-level, as well as titles in Doha, Hamburg, and Adelaide. Rublev became the first player to win in the first two weeks of the season after Dominik Hrbaty in 2004. Before 2020, the Russian had only won two trophies from the ATP Tour.
“I’m happy, of course. But it was not about [making the] Top 10. If you are 11 or 12 or 10, it’s the same thing. I think the main goal for me [is to test] if my level is really Top 10; if I can stay there, if I can be there, if I can improve more,” Rublev said. “It’s one thing to be there for one week or two weeks. It’s another thing to deserve to be there. For the moment I don’t feel that I deserve to be there, but I will do my best to be able to compete, to be a better player and to improve more and more and more. I hope I will be there because I deserve it.”
Rublev started his campaign in his young career with two fourth-round Grand Slam. He reached at least the round of 16 in all three majors such year, including the second and third Slam quarter-finals at the US Open and Roland Garros.
Now Rublev is one of the top 10 players in the world. The Russian reached World No. 1 and proved his professional potential in 2017 when he became the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001.