Rublev was on the comeback from injury, and although he had to battle through some ups and downs in 2019, it was a very successful season for him. He won his hometown tournament in Moscow and made the 4th round at the US Open. He also posted wins over top 10 players Tsitsipas and Federer.
With injury now behind him, Andrey should continue to improve as he is only 22 years of age. Therefore I expect him to be in line for a top 30 place next season. When I think of him, words are grunter, hard-hitting, aggressive and skinny.
Grunter: He likes to hit the ball hard and grunts on all forceful shots. Grunting is a pet peeve of mine, so I do find it hard to watch him sometimes. I have done this at times by turning off the volume if he is involved in a match I like.
Hard-hitting: Except for touch shots, this man seems to crush everything all the time.
Aggressive: With his hard-hitting, he is not one to wait for something to happen in a rally. He will particularly on the forehand side, try to take control of a point and hit his opponent off the court as soon as possible.
Likes: I like his mindset to grab hold of the point and try to win it off his racquet and not wait for opponent errors.
Skinny: At 22 years of age and standing 188 cms (6′ 2″) he weighs only 70 kilos. I feel like he needs to develop his strength more and increase his nutritional intake. Perhaps because of his injuries, he has been unable to spend more time strengthening his body.
Dislikes: As mentioned likes to grunt (a lot) and that is a problem for me :-).
Areas for improvement: Serve, and volleys are two glaring areas for improvement. He doesn’t get enough service winners, and when he comes to the net, his volley skills are below average. Homework for Rublev is to watch the best volleyer on tour and best server of anyone who is not a giant on YouTube.