161 matches played since the beginning of 2020 factoring a six month break, Turin could define his season but has there been much progression for Rublev in the last two years?

Last November we saw Andrey Rublev debut at the ATP Finals, a tournament I described before it began as a learning point a year on I find myself doing the full circle.

Andrey left London last year with two defeats a final day win in the round-robin against an already qualified Dominic Thiem who lets be real took his foot firmly off the pedal!

This season should’ve been a year of kicking on but it’s been a bit flat. This is another tournament I consider a learning curve for Andrey and I hope it sets him up to be a bit cleverer in 2022. At the moment it feels like he plays here, there and everywhere. It has the feeling of Dominic Thiem’s scheduling a few years back, he’s playing more tennis but has there been significant improvement? No. He has made two Masters 1000 finals but were on about competing at the top and right now it isn’t happening.

To put the amount of tennis into context since the beginning of 2020 and including a six month break due to Covid the Russian has still managed to play in over 150 matches which is just madness.

His season hasn’t been terrible by any stretch of the imagination, he has been runner-up at two Masters 1000 events and a semi-finalist in another but his form hasn’t been great.

After leaving Indian Wells he did say he is ‘really enjoying tennis’ but I’m sure will be hoping to find some better form. He has just turned 24 but I do think his game is stuck right now.

He debuted in London last year and as a debutant I always view it as a learning curve and a chance to hone in on your game for the coming season. Someone who has done this is Matteo Berrettini, the Italian has certainly grown his game behind his backhand and is more of an overall threat.

Rublev right now for me is too reliant on the forehand and that works to an extent but to get to that next level he needs more than an a powerful one hander.

The Russian left Indian Wells with a record of 7 wins and 5 defeats against top 20 opponents which isn’t bad at all but shows he hasn’t gone too deep in events. His loss to Tommy Paul in Indian Wells was his seventeenth of the season and brings the average ranking of opponents he has lost to up to 33. It’s not just about beating those in and around him but those in-form.

Out of all the tennis he has played since the beginning of last year the tour finals are his most important in my opinion. I want to see that progression and where better to leave the year and begin 2022 than a good showing in Turin?

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