“In general, I think we showed great level. Was a lot of long rallies, a lot of great rallies,” stated the world No.12, having prevented opponents serving out sets on seven out of eight possibilities in Paris.
“These kind of matches are really important. You understand why you are working, why you're giving everything every day in practices. These matches really, really counts, and really important.”
Rublev, the 10th Russian man in the Open Era to reach the quarter-finals here, was forced to miss the 2018 and 2019 editions of Roland-Garros through injuries and he’s thrilled to be making up for lost time on the terre battue.
“For sure I appreciate in general much more things now inside the court, outside the court. If you take lesson in the right way, you always become mentally stronger no matter what happened, if it's injury or even if you don't have injury but you had something else,” explained the former Roland-Garros junior champion.
“Of course in my case it helps me. But if you ask me I would prefer to don't have these injuries, yeah. But in my case, it helps me.”