Nick Kyrgios described Andrey Rublev’s 2023 season as “nice” and jokingly supplied the Russian to assist him enhance the psychological facet of his recreation. This yr, 26-year-old Rublev gained two titles, together with his first Masters victory in Monte Carlo.
On the Grand Slam stage, Rublev did not make his first semifinal however he was nonetheless very constant, having reached the quarterfinals in all Slams besides the French Open. As a reward for his nice season, Rublev additionally participated on the ATP Finals, the place he went 0-3 following the losses to Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz, and Alexander Zverev.
In opposition to Zverev, Rublev completely misplaced it when he went down by a set and a break as he bloodied his knee after hitting himself six instances together with his racket. “He has had a terrific season. Received Monte Carlo. Take a look at all of the previous champions in Monte Carlo.
It is an incredible accomplishment. He went 0-3 in opposition to some fairly robust opponents however I do not suppose he ought to go residence tremendous dissatisfied. I feel he has made three quarterfinals this yr in Grand Slams. So I feel transferring to Australia, he’s going to be in a great mindset.
I am going to come fly to wherever he’s and attempt to assist him mentally, I feel I’ve that down,” Kyrgios mentioned on Tennis Channel.
Kyrgios on Rublev slicing his personal knee
Kyrgios is not any stranger to outbursts and meltdowns on the courtroom however even he was shocked to see Rublev violently hitting his knee together with his racket.
“I imply, from somebody who doesn’t maintain their composure fairly nicely, like myself, that is loopy. I’ve by no means achieved that, to be trustworthy. I imply, he wants a knee. He wants to maneuver. I hope he’s all proper for his subsequent match.
Let me say that a lot,” Kyrgios mentioned on Tennis Channel of Rublev’s outburst earlier this week. Fortunately for Rublev, he did not injure his knee throughout his gorgeous meltdown.