Before lockdown the form player was Andrey Rublev, the Russian had maybe dipped behind the shadow of Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev but this year it is all about Andrey and the Russian is not looking like slowing down any time soon.
Since tennis return he has picked up where he left off despite early exits in Cincinnati and Rome the 22 year old make the quarter finals in New York and was champion a week ago in Hamburg which meant he turned up to Roland Garros late and picking up his third title of the year.
I don’t see too many players play with the intensity he shows especially returning serve but his intention is to send it back with interest and win cheap and quick points. The power in the return from the Russian will take you from the baseline to a metre or two behind in an instance.
He doesn’t look the most powerful of players but the way he reads the game and injects pace into rallies is sublime. He mixes up the speed of the rallies and is quite unpredictable on how much pace he will put behind the ball.
He has the skill, shot selection and that tennis brain but also his footwork has led to his tennis being ruthless and relentless.
Andrey has a lot of weapons up his sleeve, his backhand is quite solid and flat across the net cord and reads the game well moving up the court but it is his forehand which does a lot of the damage.
The Russian will look to bring his forehand into play earlier, when serving on the ad side he will look to go out-wide and open up that inside out forehand and leaves it pretty last minute to decide on going cross-court or down the line.
Andrey has won three titles this year in Hamburg, Adelaide and Qatar. He began his season on an eleven match winning streak and is now on a eight match winning streak.
His week in Paris did look like ending before it began but the 13th seed was not going down without a fight and won from two sets down for the first time in his career to beat Querrey before going onto beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Kevin Anderson and on Monday will play Marton Fucsovics.