World No. 7 Andrey Rublev was easily beaten in the Cincinnati Masters final but he is leaving the tournament in great spirits.
Rublev, who was seeded at No. 4, stood no chance in the Cincinnati final as Alexander Zverev won 6-2 6-3.
Rublev was recently beaten in the Tokyo Olympics first round and also suffered a round-of-16 loss at the Toronto Masters.
“This is what I was missing, this confidence a bit, after the summer swing, especially that, few losses, first round at Roland Garros, they took out a bit of my confidence,” Rublev said, as revealed by Ravi Ubha.
“Now I’m back to winning matches. I won some great matches here. I beat some great players that I never beat before, like Gael or Daniil, and so I’m on, I think, a great way, so let’s see, I’m going to try to prepare as best as I can for the US Open and let’s see what’s going to happen.”
The Medvedev win meant a lot to Rublev
Medvedev won all of his first four matches against Rublev in straight sets and he was on the verge of claiming his fifth straight-set victory over the 25-year-old.
However, after easily losing the first set to Medvedev, Rublev recovered as he won 2-6 6-3 6-3.
”Even when I was 2-6 down, the score should not have been like this because the points were so tight,” Rublev said after beating Medvedev in the Cincinnati semifinal. “The match was so intense, so many long rallies, super tough, super physical, super mental. A lot like a chess match.
“Medvedev is one of those players who won’t give you a chance to attack, but if I have enough power and chose the right moment, I have to be the one to make him run. In the end, I was trying to find the perfect moment to start being more aggressive to open the angles.
“It gives me more confidence that I can compete against him. There are still so many things to improve, but It’s like you pass university and they give you a diploma.”