Andrey Rublev is set to play Cameron Norrie in the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open.
- Fixture: Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs Cameron Norrie (GBR)
- Date: October 16, 2020
- Tournament: St. Petersburg Open
- Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Category: ATP 500 event
- Court Surface: Indoor Hard Courts
Andrey Rublev vs Cameron Norrie: Match Preview
In an exciting matchup, rising star Andrey Rublev will compete against Cameron Norrie for a place in the semifinals at the St. Petersburg Open on Friday. Rublev, the 3rd seed in the tournament, has been in hot form throughout the calendar year and is looking to lift the trophy in front of his home crowd, who will surely be spurring him on.
Having three titles under his belt already, including the ATP 500 Hamburg Open, Rublev has amassed a winning record of 29 matches in 2020, surpassed only by Novak Djokovic (37). Moreover, reaching the quarterfinals of both the Grand Slams this season (the US Open and the French Open) has propelled him to a career best world ranking of 10.
His road to the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg has been more or less straightforward, with a routine first round victory against Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, and a well-earned 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against a talented Ugo Humbert.
On the other hand, the unseeded Britisher Cameron Norrie has not been having the best of seasons despite having squeezed out a few huge upsets, including a shock victory over Diego Schwartzman in the first round of the US Open. The 25-year-old had to fight through all three sets in both his matches at St. Petersburg, with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over eighth seed Taylor Fritz and a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over the unseeded Serbian, Miomir Kecmanovic.
Andrey Rublev vs. Cameron Norrie: Head-to-Head
Andrey Rublev and Cameron Norrie haven’t faced each other on Tour yet, so this will be their very first meeting.
Andrey Rublev vs. Cameron Norrie: Match Prediction
Rublev has been in top form throughout this season and has a much superior ranking over Norrie. Thus, Rublev is the natural favorite to win this duel.
However, Norrie has proven to have a giant-defeating calibre, and could mount some resistance against the Russian’s big serve. Rublev’s weakness seems to be limiting unforced errors during the longer rallies. So, if Norrie manages to extend the rally lengths, we may actually find an interesting contest to watch.
Match Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win in straight sets against Cameron Norrie.