World No. 5 Andrey Rublev has described Casper Ruud as someone who has a “great education” and who is a “really honest and super nice guy.”
Rublev and Ruud are set to be rivals at the ATP Finals as they were drawn in the same group.
However, they won’t be meeting on Monday as Rublev is set to face Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ruud is set to take on Novak Djokovic.
“Casper he has really great education, I’m not talking about school or something like that, I’m talking about life,” said Rublev, per Arab News. “He’s really kind, really honest and a super nice guy. You can see that he has really great and correct education. If you compare to me, I’m a bit more relaxed completely but Casper is a super nice guy. I really like him as a person. He speaks correct, he says the right words, and me you can see that I’m talking some stupid things every single word, doing mistakes every time.”
Rublev just wants to play his best tennis
Rublev hasn’t played well over the last month as he has only two wins in four tournaments played.
Rublev didn’t make it past the group stage in his ATP Finals debut last year.
“I am not even thinking I have a chance or be a dark horse,” said Rublev. “I just want to focus on the process. What happened to Daniil, Stefanos and Sascha, winning the [Nitto] ATP Finals title, was because they proved they are top players, and they had the level to be here.
“In my case, I am thinking about the process and I’m happier about how I am doing things on and off the court. It may not happen immediately, but if I keep doing what I am doing, good things will happen and I’ll go deep in a tournament.”