The late-night finishing of matches at Paris Masters has affected a lot of players’ schedules. And there has been a lot of backlash to ATP’s ridiculous scheduling.
Andrey Rublev won his match against Alex De Minaur 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters. In a post-match interview, he mentioned the horrible scheduling of matches in Paris Masters.
Rublev is ranked fifth coming into the Paris Masters. He defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in the round of 32 and Botic van de Zandschulp in the round of 16 to play Alex De Minaur in the quarterfinals. He will next play Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. Djokovic also defeated the defending champion of the Paris Masters Holger Rune in the quarterfinals.
Andrey Rublev lost in both of his meetings with Djokovic this season. He would be looking to better the record this time. Both of them have qualified for the prestigious ATP Finals next month where the top 8 players from the singles and doubles categories compete. This edition of the ATP Finals will take place in Turin, Italy.
The ongoing Paris Masters has faced a lot of backlash from the players. It has seen Jannik Sinner pulling out of the tournament earlier due to fatigue. He defeated Mckenzie McDonald in the round of 32 which finished at 2:30 am and was scheduled to play his next-round match against Alex De Minaur at 5 pm. It was a very tough decision for the in-form player who won two of his last three tournaments to pull out of such an important tournament.
The same is the case with Andrey Rublev who had a late-night finish against Alex de Minaur. It is well-known how important is a good sleep for a player’s recovery before his next match. But such schedules have a huge impact on their health and matches. Helpless Rublev, sarcastically thanked ATP for the horrible schedule.
Rublev: "[To get to sleep after a match like this] First of all I have dinner, treatment, arrive to the hotel, take a shower… I will go to sleep at 4, 5? Crazy. Amazing schedule, thank you! I am in the council of ATP and… ATP, we are together!" 😄👍pic.twitter.com/GLWLdWN1lt— Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) November 4, 2023
Andrey Rublev qualifies for the ATP Finals for the fourth consecutive year
Andrey Rublev who has reached the semifinal of the Paris Masters has already qualified for the ATP Finals.
It will be his fourth consecutive appearance at the ATP Finals. He reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon Open, and the US Open earlier this season. He won his first Masters title at Monte Carlo and also reached the final of the Rolex Shanghai Masters. He also played very well in a few other tournaments.
It was only after his second-round win at Vienna that the Russian tennis player was confirmed a spot in the ATP Finals in Turin next month. It made him the fifth player to qualify for the Finals. Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, and Janik Sinner are the four players who qualified before Rublev.
He will be looking to better his result this time after he reached the semifinal of the ATP Finals last year losing to Casper Ruud in straight sets.