World number 8 Andrey Rublev took a moment to show his appreciation for the Turin crowd who gave him the love and support he «didn’t deserve». Last week, Rublev competed at the ATP Finals in Turin. In his third appearance at the ATP Finals, Rublev finally made it past the group stage despite being handed a very difficult group.
After coming out of the group that also featured Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rublev fell just short to Casper Ruud in the semi-final. «Torino thank you so much for all the love and support from him during the week that I didn’t deserve.
But what I felt this week with your kindness and support shows me that I can be a better person and a better player. It means more than a world to me. Thank you,» Rublev wrote on Twitter.
Torino thank you very much for all your love and support during the week that I did not deserve.
But what I felt this week with your kindness and support shows me that I can be a better person and a better player. It means more than a world to me. Thank you 🖤 pic.twitter.com/4vRQTujflS — Andrey Rublev (@Andrey Rublev97) November 21, 2022
Rublev failed to deliver against Ruud
On Saturday, Ruud beat Rublev 6-2 6-4.
The key moment of the match occurred in the fifth game of the first set, when Rublev lost consecutive game points. Rublev’s play then completely collapsed as Ruud won nine straight games to open up a 6-2, 4-0 lead.
Rublev managed to win back a break in the second set, but was unable to win back the second as Ruud managed to close out the match in straight sets. «I think I started out pretty good, and then, I don’t know, Casper was just too good.
He played very well, very solid. When I lost my serve, I start to rush a bit. He was trying to play aggressive, running. I start to miss more and more. It’s hard to do anything when you’re, I don’t know, almost 80% first serves serving 215.
It’s hard to do something. Then, when the match was almost over, I managed to relax a bit and continued to play aggressive, but it was too late. He was too good,» Rublev said after the loss.