Andrey Rublev continues ATP 500 streak as he passes Andy Murray and edges closer to Roger Federer’s mark

Andrey Rublev in action

He continues to rack up the wins at ATP 500 level, but Andrey Rublev insists there is “no secret” to his purple patch as he moved to 22 consecutive wins with his latest victory at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The Russian’s run started at the Hamburg Open in September 2020 as he won the German event and followed it up with titles at St Petersburg, Vienna and Rotterdam.

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The second seed eased past Taylor Fritz from the United States in the third round in Dubai on Wednesday, winning 6-3, 6-1 to set up a quarter-final clash against Marton Fucsovics.

His latest victory saw him move one ahead of Andy Murray in terms of most consecutive wins at ATP 500 level while he is now six behind Roger Federer’s record of 28, which stretched over two years and included five titles.

“I think it’s not about 500s. it just happens. I am really happy with my performance. I am really happy that I am playing and showing good results and we will see if I can keep working this way,” he said.

He continued: “There is no secret [to my streak]. It just happened… I was not focused on this. “It just happened that I did good in these [ATP 500] weeks and I am really happy.

“We will see what is going to happen. Until [the media] started to write that I won 17 matches, 18 matches, 19 matches, I was not even realising that I did this. I am realising it now… I am really happy that it happened to me. I am really happy that I achieved something that Andy did, because it is not easy.”

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