Andrey Rublev, Hamburg Open champion came into the French Open 2020 with great expectations. He just survived in his 1st round encounter against Sam Querrey where he won in 5 sets, after coming back from 2 sets down. He defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in 4 sets in the 2nd round to set up an intriguing 3rd round clash with the experienced campaigner, Kevin Anderson who is back to playing his best tennis after a year of struggling with injuries and poor form.
Kevin Anderson vs Andrey Rublev: Match Preview
Andrey Rublev, coming into the French Open 2020 at the back of the Hamburg Open triumph, just did enough to survive against Sam Querrey in the 1st round of the French Open 2020. Having been 2 sets down, Rublev made an incredible comeback and won the next 3 sets to claim the victory in 5 sets. In the 2nd round, Andrey Rublev did face problems against his opponent, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, but defeated him in 4 sets to progress into Round 3. Andrey Rublev has been serving well at the French Open this year, with him serving 35 aces in the first two rounds itself.
Kevin Anderson, who was struggling with his tennis prior to the French Open 2020 has been in exceptional form in the first two rounds. In the 1st round, he defeated Laslo Dere of Serbia in straight sets, dropping just 9 games. In the 2nd round, he defeated the 22nd seed and in-form Serbian, Dusan Lajovic in a 5-set match. After having won the opening 2 sets, Anderson lost his concentration giving Lajovic a chance to comeback in the match. Dusan Lajovic won the next 2 sets to take the match into the 5th set. Kevin Anderson regained his composure in the 5th set, winning the set and the match.
Kevin Anderson vs Andrey Rublev: Head-to-Head
Kevin Anderson and Andrey Rublev have faced off only once against each other, where Kevin Anderson got the better of Rublev. The duo faced off way back in 2015 US Open in the first round, where Kevin Anderson defeated Andrey Rublev in a hard fought 4 set match.
Kevin Anderson vs Andrey Rublev: Match Prediction
The 3rd round match-up between Kevin Anderson and Andrey Rublev is certainly expected to produce fireworks from both the sides. With both players having played a 5-set match in the first 2 rounds, there may be signs of a bit of exhaustion. Rublev and Anderson are big servers with Rublev serving 35 aces in the first 2 rounds while Anderson serving 21 aces.The 3rd round match between the two is expected to go down to the wire and can be decided in 5 sets. Andrey Rublev just gets the edge over Kevin Anderson in this match, given his huge serve and recent form which includes a title at the Hamburg Open.
Match Prediction: Andrey Rublev to defeat Kevin Anderson in 5 sets