Rublev, who’s at present No. 7 within the FedEx ATP Rankings, has a 13-8 profession document on the floor, however had solely received 4 ATP Tour primary draw matches on grass previous to this run this week.
“I’ve tailored to the grass, however there are such a lot of issues I can nonetheless enhance on the grass. For instance, with the slice, the volley, and transferring higher,” Rublev stated. “Additionally, defending on grass, as a result of it’s totally different, you may’t defend with excessive balls like on clay, so I feel I’m nonetheless distant.
“Typically, although, as a result of my recreation is to play aggressively. If you happen to play aggressive, this helps you a large number on grass, so I feel my recreation for this floor is okay. Philipp Kohlschreiber is sweet on this floor, so this match has given me confidence.”
Rublev Moves Into Halle Semi-finals
The fourth-seeded Russian is now 28-2 at ATP 500 tournaments because the ATP Tour resumed from the COVID-19 suspension in August 2020. Nonetheless, Rublev misplaced within the first spherical to Jan-Lennard Struff at Roland Garros however insists his focus is now on the semi-finals in Halle. He was happy along with his efficiency on Friday.
“The previous is the previous; I can’t change it. I’d have favored to have nice ends in Paris, however I performed a troublesome opponent in Jan-Lennard Struff within the first spherical. Now I attempt to concentrate on the grass with Halle, the place I’m within the semi-finals and attempting to do my greatest,” Rublev stated.
“I feel I used to be enjoying very well at this time. I used to be feeling the ball properly, I used to be assured in my photographs and my serve. Within the tie-break, he had a mini-break and had good probabilities however immediately I advised myself to only maintain enjoying and combating, and in the long run, I someway managed to show it round. It is going to be a troublesome process in opposition to Nikoloz Basilashvili within the semi-finals as he hits the ball flat on the grass.”
Transferring his focus to Wimbledon, whereas the Russian feels that the information that Rafael Nadal won’t compete on the Grand Slam will assist him, Rublev remains to be cautious of the opposite names within the draw.
“In fact, for the gamers like me, with Rafael Nadal not enjoying, it’s a massive benefit for me as I’m going to be a better seed now,” Rublev admitted. “However there are such a lot of guys which might be actually powerful to play on grass. For instance, think about having Struff within the first spherical of Wimbledon or Nick Kyrigos. On grass, it’s so powerful to play gamers who serve properly so who is aware of.”