Alexander "Sasha" Bublik proved himself comfortable with both microphone and tennis racquet after a stellar week at the Miami Open. The Russian-born Kazakh earned a career-best run at the Masters 1000 event, reaching the quarterfinals before bowing out to Jannik Sinner of Italy.
Bublik gave big ups to the Italian teenager at the net and later on in his post-match press conference.
"I asked him if he's a human or not, because for me, it's very surprising that a guy at his age has this mental toughness that many, many other players don't have. I called him a robot couple of times during the match, but I do it in a very sincere way because he's really, really a great player."
Tentatively set to rise to a career-high ranking of No. 42 next week, the 23-year-old led Sinner by breaks in both sets—and served for the first—only to fall, 7-6 (5), 6-4.