AAP Tennis

Russian Rublev wins Adelaide International

By AAP Newswire

Russia's Andrey Rublev says winning two ATP titles in two weeks gives him freedom to attack the Australian Open.

Rublev has triumphed at the Adelaide International, eclipsing South African qualifier Lloyd Harris 6-3 6-0 in Saturday night's final at Memorial Drive.

The world No.18's victory follows his win in last week's ATP tournament in Doha.

"I'm happy that these two weeks went this way and I got two titles, it's amazing," Rublev said.

The 22-year-old, who meets Australian Chris O'Connell in a first-round fixture at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday, has won a dozen consecutive matches since last November.

"I never had this before," he said.

"What is going to happen in Melbourne, I go there completely free because I did already amazing.

"I am not putting any goals, I am just going there to try to do my best."

Rublev is the first player to win two titles in the opening two weeks of a season since Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty won in Adelaide and Auckland in 2004.

"It's an amazing feeling ... I'm really happy," Rublev said.

"If you talk about results, of course this is the best I have ever done.

"But if you talk about level, then no ... even last year, I was showing sometimes even better games or (a) better level but it was once in two months.

"Now, it's more consistent. That is what we're working for, to be more consistent, more mentally strong."