‘My place as world number five? I am a little lucky,’ admits Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev believes he is a ‘bit lucky’ to be world number five given the absence of both Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.
The Russian star, who already has 46 victories to his name in 2021, has racked up one title this year in Rotterdam and reached the final of three events including two Masters 1000 tournaments in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati.
Despite an impressive return, Rublev has only reached one quarter-final in this year’s Grand Slams after reaching the latter stages at the Australian Open.
Reflecting on his position as world number five in the rankings, Rublev believes he has been fortunate to pass the likes of Nadal and Thiem who have been absent with injury.
“ My place as world number 5? I’m a little lucky. It’s true that I had a good season, surely my best,” said Rublev.
“But I took advantage of the fact that Rafael Nadal doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. Dominic Thiem was also injured. Both have lost a lot of points in the standings.
“I passed them but I was a bit lucky.”
The Russian will get his Indian Wells campaign underway against Carlos Taberner before a clash with either Dusan Lajovic or Tommy Paul in the third round.
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