After a slow start to 2022, Andrey Rublev has caught this February, winning Marseille last week and now adding Dubai today.
The Russian cruised past the giant-killing qualifier Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-4 en route to his 10th career title today in Dubai.
“I came here without any expectation. I was thinking, even if I’m going to win at least one round, it’s going to be something like a miracle. I was a bit in this kind of mood,” said Rublev.
Vesely, who upset the Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic and Denis Shapovalov, to reach his biggest final was overwhelmed by the pure power of Rublev who finished with 28 winners to just eight unforced.
“I think it is likely Jiri was also tired, he had really tough matches since qualies,” Rublev added. “He beat top players starting from the first round. Cilic, he beat Roberto, then he beat Novak, yesterday he beat Shapo 7-6 in the third. Trust me, when you beat these kinds of players, it’s almost impossible to stand up and walk, and he was able to play. Good job to him, good job for the week.”
Vesely was trying to become the first qualifier win Dubai.
“I want to congratulate Andrey,” said Vesely. “I don’t understand how he could play two weeks in a row, back-to-back finals, win all the tournaments. It’s crazy.
“It’s been a crazy week for me, starting in qualies and then I saw the main draw, all the matches were amazing players. I was going out there to try my best, play a close match and suddenly I was winning. It was crazy.”
Rublev now takes a nine-match win streak and a renewed confidence into the March Masters events.
“I’m going to fly earlier to Indian Wells to prepare,” Rublev said. “I will now take for sure a couple days of rest, maybe minimum of half a week to rest well. I want to do a good preparation for Indian Wells. We’ll see what’s going to happen.
“If I want to be a better player, I want to have better results, I need to improve a lot mental part because this is the main thing I’m doing worst compared to top five players. That’s it. That’s the main goal.”
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