Andrey Rublev versus Stefanos Tsitsipas - a really nice rivalry

There have been seven matches to date, including the final on Sunday in Monte Carlo between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev. Almost all of them were fun. And shown great tennis.

by Jens Huiber
last edit: Apr 19, 2021, 06:01 pm

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Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday in Monte Carlo
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Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday in Monte Carlo

In the course of the US Open 2019 there may have been one or two games that brought even more tension and an almost high level (the final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, for example). In the early phase, however, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev provided the playful highlight: Already in round one, the two had to face each other in the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Rublev was in the ATP world rankings at that time after a long injury misery in a place that did not give him Registered status as a lawyer with a major.


The victim was Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had to admit defeat in four sentences in New York City. Tsitsipas had to suffer against Rublev in Hamburg in autumn 2020. The Greek played in the third set to Math and thus tournament victory, Rublev made the comeback. A few days later, Tsitsipas returned the favor in the quarterfinals from Roland Garros.

About as confident as on Sunday in Monte Carlo, where Stefanos Tsitsipas just looked fresher - and, in contrast to his match against Hubert Hurkacz in Miami, also took the lead home.

Rublev and Tsitsipas with different approaches to play

The special attraction in the duels between Tsitsipas and Rublev is fed by the different approaches to the game: Stefanos Tsitsipas operates with a lot more spin than Rublev, does not shy away from the internet, especially in crucial phases. Rublev, on the other hand, hits the balls as quickly and flatly as possible into the opponent's field and would like to proceed in the old Björn Borg manner on ashes: to the net only to receive the opponents' congratulations.

So there is still room for improvement on the part of Andrey Rublev, who, in contrast to his early appearances, has become much calmer. There is also no question that Stefanos Tsitsipas has room for improvement: See the mental aspect as in Miami, but also see the serve with which the Greek could score a few more free points.

Stefanos Tsitsipas now leads the internal record with Andrey Rublev with 4: 3 wins. More matches will follow, already this week in Barcelona: Tsitsipas and Rublev would meet in the semifinals as planned. It could be one of the more interesting rivalries on the ATP tour.

Here all the matches between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev on the ATP tour

yearTournament / surfacewinnerResult
2021 Monte Carlo / sand Tsitsipas 6: 3, 6: 3
2021 Rotterdam / hard court, hall Rublev 6: 3, 7: 6 (2)
2020 ATP Finals / hard court, hall Tsitsipas 6: 1, 4: 6, 7: 6 (6)
2020 Roland Garros / Sand Tsitsipas 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 3
2020 Hamburg / Sand Rublev 6: 4, 3: 6, 7: 5
2019 US Open / hard court Rublev 6: 4, 6: 7 (5), 7: 6 (7), 7: 5
2018 Milan / hard court, hall Tsitsipas 4: 3, 3: 4, 4: 0, 2: 4, 4: 3

by Jens Huiber

Apr 19, 2021, 07:35 pm
last edit: Apr 19, 2021, 06:01 pm