World no.43 Alexander Bublik will take on Tommy Paul of the USA in the Round of 16 at the ATP 500 Rotterdam event.
- Tournament: ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament 2021
- Match: Alexander Bublik vs Tommy Paul
- Date: 4th March 2021
- Round: 2nd Round
- Venue: Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Surface: Indoor Hard Court
- Prize Money: €20,000
Alexander Bublik vs Tommy Paul: Preview
Alexander Bublik comes in the second round encounter brimming with confidence. He reached the final of the Singapore Open last week losing Alexei Popyrin.
In the first round, he shocked 3rd seed Alexander Zverev conveniently in straight sets. To add to that, Bublik now has two top 10 wins to his name in 2021.
American Paul has had a slow start to the new season, and is yet to win consecutive matches. He now faces an uphill task in the next round, as he takes on the in-form Alexander Bublik.
Alexander Bublik vs Tommy Paul: Head-to-Head
This will be their 4th meeting on tour. Tommy Paul leads Alexander Bublik in the H2H with a 2H1 margin, but all of their three matches have been below the ATP tour level. The American won the duo’s only meeting on hardcourts, at a Challenger tournament in Australia.
Alexander Bublik vs Tommy Paul: Prediction
On paper, it looks like a evenly-matched up encounter. There’s also very little separating them in terms of the rankings.
Alexander Bublik does seem to have found his stride at the start of the new season. And having already beaten a title contender here in Rotterdam, the Kazakh will be looking to stage another big run.
If Paul can force a tiebreaker set or two, he stands a decent chance of pulling off a win. Otherwise, Bublik is likely to continue his confident run into the next round.
Prediction: Alexander Bublik to win in three sets.