4th seed Andrey Rublev will take on 3-time grand slam champion Andy Murray in the Round of 16 at the ATP 500 Rotterdam event.
- Tournament: ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament 2021
- Match: Andrey Rublev vs Andy Murray
- Date: 3rd March 2021
- Round: 2nd Round
- Venue: Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Surface: Indoor Hard Court
- Prize Money: €20,000
Andrey Rublev vs Andy Murray: Preview
World no.8 Andrey Rublev has had a spectacular start to the 2021 season. He has just lost 1 match, in the Australian Open QF against Daniil Medvedev.
He has continued that same form in Netherlands too. The Russian defeated Marcos Giron in straight sets 7-6(1),6-3 in the first round.
His opponent, multiple grand slam champion Andy Murray notched up a hard-fought 1st round win against Robin Haase 2-6,7-6(2),6-3.
Murray, a former winner in Rotterdam, would have been happy with his performance as he was able to raise his level at the right time against a spirited opponent. He stayed calm in the pressure situations and was able to get out with a victory.
Andrey Rublev vs Andy Murray: Head-to-Head
This will be the 2nd meeting between the duo. Andy Murray leads Andrey Rublev 1-0 in the H2H. The Scott’s only win came way back in 2017, when he a scored straight-sets win in the second round of the Australian Open.
Andrey Rublev vs Andy Murray: Prediction
Without a doubt, Andrey Rublev will go in as a huge favorite. But one can never rule out a 3-time grand slam champion. Rublev has been playing some fine tennis in recent months, challenging the best on a regular basis.
Andy Murray, on the other hand, is yet to find his footing following his return from hip surgery. He has had the occasional big result, but without quite managing to sustain his level for longer periods.
But getting the better of Rublev will not at all be a walk in the park for Murray. Expect tightly fought sets with Rublev cruising into the QF.
Prediction: Rublev to win in straight sets.