ATP Rotterdam: will Rublev's 500 series hold up against Murray?
Andrey Rublev plays at the ATP Tour 500 tournament in Rotterdam this evening (from 7.30 p.m. live on Sky) against Andy Murray . The Russian has won the last 16 matches at this ATP level.
last edit: Mar 03, 2021, 03:36 pm
Quiz question for tennis foxes: Who was the last player to win against Andrey Rublev in an ATP Tour 500 event? The answer: Daniel Evans in Dubai about a year ago. But then Rublev rushed through the tournaments in Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Vienna and laid the foundation stone for the first-time qualification for the ATP Finals at these three events.
During this run Rublev had to survive a few trembling games (especially in the final at Rothenbaum in Hamburg, in which he had to start a comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third set), but the Russian also benefited from two tasks at the Erste Bank Open ( Jannik Sinner in Round two, Kevin Anderson in the semifinals).
Andrey Rublev - "Andy Murray is a true legend"
Andrey Rublev is in fourth place this week in Rotterdam. And was already challenged to some extent by Marcos Giron in lap one. The favorite won 7: 6 (1) and 6: 3, but was full of praise for his opponent. "It was a very tough match against Marcos, a qualifier who has played a few games here," said Rublev. "It was my first match in the hall and I was a little tense in the first set."
But in the end there was victory number 16 in a row in a 500cc. The next one should follow tonight against Andy Murray, who had fought the expected tough fight with Robin Haase on his first appearance in Rotterdam. And Rublev is warned despite his favorite position. “Andy is a true legend and we have a really good bond with each other. I really like him as a person and a player. It destroyed me once in the past (note: at the Australian Open 2017). I'm sure we will have great, long rallies. And that it will be a fight. "
Here the single tableau in Rotterdam