Fifth seed Andrey Rublev is set to face off against unseeded qualifier Norbert Gombos in the first round of the 2020 Vienna Open. This will be their first meeting on the ATP Tour.
- Tournament: ATP Erste Bank Open
- Date: 27th October 2020
- Match: Andrey Rublev vs Norbert Gombos
- Venue: Vienna, Austria
- Category: ATP 500
- Surface: Indoor hard court
- Prize Money: Approx. €1,409,510
Andrey Rublev vs Norbert Gombos: Match Preview
Russian World No. 8 Andrey Rublev has been the standout player of this season, performing incredibly well in the tournaments he played in and even winning a grand haul of 4 titles (two ATP 250 and two ATP 500 events). He has a fantastic 34-7 win-loss record that is second only to Novak Djokovic’s record. Moreover, his breakthrough into the top 10 of the world rankings serves as the icing on the cake.
With Vienna being a hardcourt tournament, Rublev will be on a familiar surface, with a 24-5 record and three of his four titles this year coming on the hardcourts. His most recent victory (St. Petersburg) also was on the same surface. Thus, he will be heading into the tournament feeling pumped up and confident of his chances. He will also be looking for every opportunity to seal a spot in the coveted Nitto ATP Finals.
His opponent will be Slovakian qualifier, Norbert Gombos. Ranked 104 in the world, his best run was a third-round finish at the French Open and a second-round exit at the US Open. He also reached the quarterfinals of the Montpellier ATP250 event.
He comfortably cleared the qualifiers of this tournament, losing one set in the two matches he played.
Andrey Rublev vs Norbert Gombos: Head-to-Head
The two players have never played each other on the ATP Tour before. However, they do have two meetings in qualifiers and Challenger tournaments. The first was the second qualifying round at the 2015 Barcelona Open, which Rublev won in straight sets. The second was at the Orleans Open, a Challenger event. Gombos won this match in straight sets.
Since the players have never played in the main draw of the ATP Tour, their head-to-head stands at 0-0. This will be their first meeting.
Andrey Rublev vs Norbert Gombos: Match Prediction
Andrey Rublev is overwhelmingly favored to win this match because of his recent success and his overall form. He should have no problems overcoming the Slovakian with his trusty serve and intensity.
Match Prediction: Andrey Rublev to defeat Norbert Gombos in straight sets.