Andy Murray thought Andrey Rublev was ‘going for too much’ in his straight sets defeat to Rafael Nadal on his ATP Finals debut and suggested the Russian was ‘anxious’ about making his bow at the O2.
Murray, the former world No. 1 from Dunblane, will be analysing matches each night on Twitch with French player Gael Monfils and reviewed Rublev’s 6-3 6-4 loss to 20-time major winner Nadal.
No player has won more titles than Rublev (5) in the 2020 season and he arrived at the final tournament in the year in good form having picked up back-to-back indoor hard court titles in St Petersburg and Vienna.
Against Nadal, however, Rublev failed to craft a single break point chance and the world No. 2 from Spain cruised to a straight sets win.
Murray thought Nadal was ‘comfortable’ in his dismantling of the world No. 8 from Russia but he suspects Rublev will put in better performances in his next round robin matches against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem as he settles into the event.
‘We knew it was the first time he was playing at the Masters, I didn’t feel like it was a great match-up for him,’ said Murray.
‘From what I saw it looked like he was going for too much.
‘He [Nadal] served well. It was a very comfortable win.
‘I think so [he put more pressure on himself]. He won’t have played many of the top players this early in an event for a long time and we don’t know how his preparation was.
‘Maybe he didn’t feel that comfortable in his preparations or on the court. It does feel a bit different there. Maybe he was a bit anxious about it. It showed in his performance.
‘I’d expect him to play better in the next match [against Tsitsipas] but for me it was a tough opening match for Rublev.’
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