Andrey Rublev criticizes ATP rating system following opening-round win in Dubai

Andrey Rublev criticizes ATP rating system following opening-round win in Dubai

Shapovalov, who loved a successful debut in Dubai due to a 6-1, 6-3 second-round success over German big-server Jan-Lennard Struff on Tuesday, says being confined to a resort room at each event as a result of Covid-19 restrictions in place can take a psychological toll on the gamers.

Andrey Rublev criticizes ATP ranking system following opening-round win in Dubai

File picture of Denis Shapovalov. AFP

Dubai: Andrey Rublev has added his voice to criticism of the present ATP rating system with the Russian world No 8 suggesting after successful his opening match in Dubai on Tuesday that it doesn’t work in his favour.

Alexander Zverev, the German world No 7, just lately described the revised system as “absurd” as a result of he’s ranked decrease than Roger Federer regardless that the Swiss missed a complete 12 months resulting from knee surgical procedure.

The system was launched to guard gamers who’re unable to journey and compete due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Whereas gamers can add factors to their tally, they don’t drop the factors gathered from the earlier season.

“If we’d have the conventional system, I’d be like No 4 on the planet I feel. So what do you suppose is best for me, to be No 8 or No 4?” mentioned Rublev when requested if he agreed with Zverev’s statements.

“With the system that we’re having now, for me, it is a lot harder to be No 4, so right here is the reply.”

Rublev prolonged his successful streak at 500-level tournaments to 21 matches after he beat Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 6-4 within the second spherical in Dubai.

The Russian, who has gained his final 4 occasions at this stage relationship again to Hamburg final September, will subsequent deal with American fifteenth seed Taylor Fritz or freshly-crowned Doha champion Nikoloz Basilashvili within the last-16 stage.

The second-seeded Rublev confronted no break factors in opposition to the 21-year-old Ruusuvuori and unleashed 26 winners, together with six aces.

Canadian world No.12 Denis Shapovalov mentioned he plans to compete in fewer tournaments this season if the tennis tour continues to function below strict coronavirus bubble circumstances for gamers.

Shapovalov, who loved a successful debut in Dubai due to a 6-1, 6-3 second-round success over German big-server Jan-Lennard Struff, says being confined to a resort room at each event resulting from COVID-19 restrictions can take a psychological toll on gamers.

“I positively do not need to play an excessive amount of this 12 months if it should be a bubble life as a result of this can be very tough mentally to be locked up like this,” the 21-year-old mentioned.

“After all it is wonderful to play, however because the weeks go on, you form of lose that keenness for tennis and numerous gamers are battling that. So we’re attempting to take the method of minimising that as a lot as attainable and simply having fun with each match that I do exit and play this 12 months.”

Over on Courtroom 2, shock Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev, who acquired a wildcard into the Dubai foremost draw this week, upset No.12 seed Dan Evans of Nice Britain 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The Russian will tackle Italian Lorenzo Sonego in spherical three.

Italian No.16 seed Jannik Sinner got here out on prime in a troublesome battle in opposition to Alexander Bublik 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to arrange a conflict in opposition to 2018 Dubai champion Roberto Bautista Agut.

Russian eighth seed Karen Khachanov survived a good affair with latest Singapore champion Alexei Popyrin to squeeze via in a third-set tiebreak. His reward is a last-16 showdown with French veteran Jeremy Chardy.

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