Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev will take on German Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the Australian Open 2021.
- Fixture: Andrey Rublev vs Yannick Hanfmann
- Date: 9 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 71,500,000
Andrey Rublev vs Yannick Hanfmann: Preview
Andrey Rublev has been playing exceptionally well since the last season. He has gone undefeated at the 2021 ATP Cup, losing just 1 set along the way. Rublev is just coming off of a straight-sets victory against Fabio Fognini in the final of the ATP Cup, beating the Italian 6-1/6-2.
He had a breakthrough 2020 season. And now he looks like a man on a mission, and it will take an extremely big effort by anyone to stop him. Rublev loves playing on hardcourts, as he unsettles his opponents with his powerful and continuous groundstrokes.
His opponent, Yannick Hanfmann is a very good player in early rounds of smaller tournaments, and Challenger Tour tournaments, beating the likes of Gael Monfils.
However, the German is more of a clay-court player. Hanfmann is not as fast as he can be on hard courts and he struggles in long rallies on these surfaces. Hanfmann will have to hope for a very solid performance here if he is to get anything out of this match.
Andrey Rublev vs Yannick Hanfmann: Head-to-Head
The two players haven’t met before on tour yet. This will be their first meeting and the Russian is a heavy favorite. The tall German even at his 100% will not have enough to get anything going against one of the best players in the world at the moment, Andrey Rublev.
Andrey Rublev vs Yannick Hanfmann: Prediction
Hanfmann may just not have the game to deal with the power and aggression of Andrey Rublev. The Russian will come out on court, and will look to dominate from point one.
This will surely be an easy outing for Rublev. Expect him to wrap things up fast and win in straight sets.
Prediction: Rublev to win in straight sets.