Andrey Rublev is ranked No.12 in the world. The 22-year-old has 4 career titles and is admired by Roger Federer as well. He will be at the Italian Open 2020. The opponent is an Argentine, Facundo Bagnis who has made it to the main draw through the qualifying stage.
Andrey Rublev vs Facundo Bagnis: Preview
Andrey Rublev is playing straight in the main draw for the first time at the Italian Open 2020. He last played in 2015 at Rome, when he lost in the second round of qualifying to Thomas Fabbiano. The Russian has improved a lot as he sits on his best rank ever. Recently, he spoke to ATP and said it is a challenge to hit balls on clay, but he is adamant with the extra preparation he has put in, he will be equipped to win his first match in Rome.
Facundo Bagnis has 4 Challengers in singles, achieving a career-high singles ranking of World No. 55 in November 2016. Facundo Bagnis made the finals at the Buenos Aires challenger in 2019 but was beaten by Indian Sumit Nagal. Bagnis appears in Rome with having lost in the first round of the Prostejov challenger a few days ago.
Andrey Rublev vs Facundo Bagnis: Head to Head
The Russian will face Facundo for the first time. While Rublev is a young gun on the tout the latter has spent much more years at the tour. Yet, Bagnis has never made as much progress as he did in 2016. He will have to dig deep and bring out his best form to give a competition to Rublev. The head to head stands 0-0 and the duo will play their first match.
Andrey Rublev vs Facundo Bagnis: Prediction
The Russian made it to the quarters at the US Open 2020, for the second time. He feels the transition from hard to clay is tough yet he will have an upper hand against Bagnis. Rublev has great potential and is regarded on of the best youngsters. He is steadily climbing the ranking charts. The Argentine will have to fight hard if he needs to beat an uprising player.
Match Prediction: Rublev wins in two sets.