Andrey Ruble French Open

‘I am really angry’, says Andrey Rublev after opening win in Barcelona

Andrey Rublev said he was angry with his behaviour after beating Federico Gaio in his opening match at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.

The world No. 7 beat the Italian 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the ATP 500 event, having received a first round bye. The 23-year-old reached the final of the Monte Carlo Masters last week.

“It was more mental today. I’m so mad (with) myself (with) the way I was behaving today, after especially what I’ve been improving in Monte-Carlo,” said the Russian in an on-court interview.

“So not much to say, I’m happy that I won because this is the most important thing, but at the moment I am really angry. Hopefully (in the) next matches I can improve myself and have better behaviour on court.

“When you’re not thinking, you’re always trying to find excuses, so it was my problem in my head. That’s it, I need to change it, it was only my problem. But I need to control my emotions.”

Rublev faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round today.

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)