Andrey Rublev believes Rafael Nadal’s absence from Wimbledon will be “a tremendous advantage,” claiming that playing strong hitters on grass is difficult.


Andrey Rublev advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Noventi Open by defeating experienced Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets on Friday. The Russian has fully recovered from his first-round loss at Roland Garros, and will face Nikoloz Basilashvili for a spot in the Halle title match on Saturday.

Rublev was questioned by the ATP whether he thought his Halle form would transfer over to Wimbledon before of his match against Basilashvili. The World Championships start later this month, and the Russian will be one of the top seeds.

Andrey Rublev, who has never advanced past the second round at Wimbledon, responded by pointing out that Rafael Nadal’s departure from the grasscourt Major would benefit him by guaranteeing him a higher seeding.

“Of course, for the players like me, with Rafael Nadal not playing, it is a big advantage as I am going to be a higher seed now,” Andrey Rublev said.

However, the 23-year-old is mindful of the other players in the draw, particularly strong servers such as Jan-Lennard Struff and Nick Kyrgios.

“There are so many guys that are really tough to play on grass,” Rublev added. “For example, imagine having Struff in the first round of Wimbledon or Nick Kyrigos. On grass, it is so tough to play players who serve well so who knows.”

“I have adapted to the grass, but there are so many things I can still improve on” – Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev is happy with how his grass game is progressing, but he believes there is still potential for growth. He singled out touch shots such as the volley and slice as areas that require more attention.

“I have adapted to the grass, but there are so many things I can still improve. For example, with the slice, the volley, and moving better,” Rublev said. “Also, defending on grass, because it is different, you can’t defend with high balls like on clay, so I think I am still far away.”

The World No. 7 also stated that his victory in the Halle quarterfinals over a seasoned grasscourter like Philipp Kohlschreiber will give him confidence moving forward.

“If you play aggressive, this helps you a lot on grass, so I think my game for this surface is okay,” Rublev said. “Philipp Kohlschreiber is good on this surface, so this match has given me confidence.”

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