Andrey Rublev believes Novak Djokovic is the ultimate example that everything is possible if you put in the hard work and fully commit and dedicate yourself to something. Djokovic, who will be turning 36 in May, kicked off his 2023 season with a Grand Slam win and he is also the top-ranked player in the world.
Rublev, 25, suggests any player can take notes from Djokovic and learn from his example. “He shows that basically everything is possible, that at 35 he can still be the best player in the world and break all records.
If you do the right things, you can perform at the highest level, regardless of your age. This is what Novak represents for me,” Rublev said, per We Love Tennis France.
Rublev was given no chance by Djokovic at the Australian Open
This past Australian Open, Rublev got crushed by Djokovic in their quarterfinal match as the Serb ousted the Russian 6-1 6-2 6-4.
Last year, Rublev beat Djokovic in the Belgrade final before losing to the Serb at the ATP Finals. “Out of three times that we played before, today he played much better compare our previous meetings, even in Torino. Today, in my opinion, he was playing much better.
That’s it. I don’t know what else to say,” Rublev said after their Australian Open match. Meanwhile, Djokovic refused to say that he easily defeated Rublev, insisting that the match was tougher than the scoreline was suggesting.
“Overall I think that the scoreline in the first two sets doesn’t speak the truth or the reality of the match. It was some really close games that we had. Andrey is a great opponent, a great player. I’ve got tonnes of respect for him, one of the biggest forehands, one of the the quickest players on the Tour.
If I have to sum it up, all the important shots, the important moments I found my best tennis. So that’s what makes me the most pleased tonight,” Djokovic said after beating Rublev