Smeared with orange powder and ecstatic, 25-year-old Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wipes his watery eyes as if he doesn't believe it. He won the Masters 1000 final in Monte Carlo to celebrate the most important title of his career. having completed the match against 19-year-old Holger Rune from Denmark with a score of 5:7, 6:2, 7:5, which was very difficult for him, almost impossible. Here is the explanation for Rublev's triumph: the mind of the number six in the rating has always wavered in moments of tension, when peace is most needed, but this Sunday he persevered.
"I'm crying and don't know what to say. I'm very happy. I fought hard to win the Masters 1000 tournament," the winner of the Monte Carlo tournament later said.
Rublev trains in Barcelona under Fernando Vicente. The Internet is full of videos of Rublev in a rage, screaming, hitting with a racket.
"When things don't go my way, I often show my emotions, and this prevents me from reaching my best level. This is the step I have to take to become a better tennis player," he said at the end of last year.
It was then, together with Vicente, that they decided to bring in a psychologist. They wanted to see what happens psychologically with a tennis player in moments of tension and try to fix it.
"He always fights, he always tries, but sometimes his head is not at the level that big competitions require," Vicente commented in an interview with Relevo a few months ago.
His psychologist is Beto Martin, a former ATP tennis player who studied psychology at the University of Barcelona. This Sunday he was at the final in Monte Carlo.
"The goal is to find a balance between being a little calmer and not going crazy over the slightest thing. But he also shouldn't lose the spark that makes him so good, nor the aggressiveness," Beto Martin commented on the page ATP.
Rublev has reached two Masters 1000 finals (Monte Carlo and Cincinnati 2021) and lost both. In addition, he has never reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.
"We are always missing something, and this is the mental part," Andrey Rublev's coach Fernando Vicente insisted.
"I remembered the previous finals, when I was losing, I thought that I had no more chances, and mentally fell," Rublev said in Monte Carlo. "But today I thought, 'You have to believe until the end. And that's what I tried to do in the third set."