Andrey Rublev ‘devastated, emotionless and depressed’ after Moscow defeat
Andrey Rublev revealed his mental struggle after losing to Adrian Mannarino which ended his bid to defend his Kremlin Cup crown.
The Russian failed to capitalise on his match point as he went down 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to the Frenchman, who lost 6-4 6-0 when they met in the final two years ago.
When asked if his loss to Adrian Mannarino affected his doubles match, Rublev opened up on his mental struggle following his earlier loss.
“Oh for sure [it affected me]. I couldn’t play doubles at all. It was played by Karen on his own,” said Rublev.
“I was completely devastated, emotionless, depressed and in bad thoughts. I pulled everything down, and Karen pulled it out.”
Despite struggling to come to terms with his loss, Rublev has had another impressive year on the ATP Tour and has already booked his spot in the year-ending ATP Finals.
Before featuring in Moscow, Rublev revealed that the main area of his game he needs to improve to reach the next level is the mental aspect.
“For now, I would say the mental part,” said the Russian.
“I think this is the main [thing] in my case, because the players who are better than me, they know how to manage all these moments much better than me,” Rublev said.
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