Andrey Rublev vowed on Tuesday to use his time wisely at the depleted Miami Masters gets underway, with the eighth-ranked Russian keen to improve his ranking.
The COVID edition of the South Florida tournament is doing without five of the ATP Top 10, with notable Grand Slam champion absentees including Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Rublev, winner of eight of his 10 career finals including Rotterdam and the ATP Cup this season, cannot fault the longtime elites for skipping the event due to injury and other reasons.
But that doesn’t mean he won’t be all in to aim for the title amid the scaled-down field.
“The big players are going for the records, the Grand Slams,” the Russian said.
“Some of them have been playing Miami for 20 years. For them it’s not about one tournament it’s about a legacy.
“They want to be as fit as they can be for the Grand Slams, which count for the records.”
But at age 23 and already the owner of nine titles, Rublev has different priorities.
“I’m just starting to play. I’ve done good at the 250 and 500 (level) events, but if I want to raise my ranking I need to play well at the big tournament.
“Without some of the top players here, I have better chances to win an extra match – but I could also lose in the second round, everyone can play well.
“But I have no points to defend and I have a chance to improve.”
Main photo :- Andrey Rublev with Rotterdam Trophy