‘Today was not my day’, says Andrey Rublev after disappointing defeat
Fourth seed Andrey Rublev suffered a tough loss on Friday evening in his bid to win a first ATP Masters 1000 title.
The Russian lost to 26th seed Hubert Hurkacz in straight-sets 6-3 6-4 to deny him yet another ATP Tour level final, though the World No 8 reflected positively on another promising week.
“It’s been great week for me. I did my first semis at an ATP Masters 1000. I’m playing really consistent. Every week I go deep in the tournament,” Rublev said.
“Today was not my day. Hurkacz played really well and he deserved to win. That’s it. Not much to say more. Now it’s time to go back to work hard to be ready for the clay season.”
Andrey Rublev has been one of the hottest players on the ATP Tour, leading all players with 20 tour-level victories, though the Russian had only reached one ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final before entering Miami.
“It’s just maybe I couldn’t handle a bit of pressure that well and he was playing quite well,” Rublev admitted. “That’s it.”
Despite the frustration of being unable to reach his first Masters 1000 final, Rublev gave all the credit to Hurkacz, who accomplished that same feat.
“He was better today, and that’s why he deserved to win,” Rublev said. “Simple.”
HUGE FROM HUBI 🌟
He'll play Jannik Sinner on Sunday! pic.twitter.com/ZOnp8VaDZM
— ATP Tour (@atptour) April 3, 2021
Hubert Hurkacz will now go on to face Jannik Sinner in Sunday’s final, with both players in search of their first ATP Masters 1000 title.
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