World No.7, Andrey Rublev will take on World No 41, Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of 32 of the 2021 Italian Open on May 12.
- Tournament: ATP Rome Masters 1000
- Match: Andrey Rublev vs Jan-Lennard Struff
- Round: Second Round
- Date: 12th May, 2021
- Prize Money: € 18,000
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Clay Court
Andrey Rublev vs Jan-Lennard Struff: Preview
The World No.7 started off the clay court season with a bang, beating the King of Clay Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo a couple of weeks ago. He also reached the finals but was bettered by Stefanos Tsitsipas. Although the Russian didn’t do much damage in Barcelona and Madrid, he is a force to reckon with in the Italian capital. The 23-year-old won Rotterdam early in the year and has made semis of Dubai and Miami Masters as well. With 29 wins this year, Rublev is arguably one of the most form players in 2021.
On the other hand, the 31-year-old has had a mixed bag of results on the clay this year. After losing early in Monte Carlo, he managed to reach the finals of Munich last month, only to be denied by Nikoloz Basilashvili. The lanky German was again knocked out in the first round of the Madrid Masters last week by Alexi Popyrin. Struff comes into this round after beating Aljaz Bedene in the first round. He has a 7-4 win/loss record on the dirt in 2021.
Andrey Rublev vs Jan-Lennard Struff: Head to Head
These two have met twice on the tour till now. Their first ever meeting was at St Petersburg in 2016, where the German prevailed in two sets. However, the Russian returned the favour in their last meeting in Texas. Both times they have met on the hard courts.
Andrey Rublev vs Jan-Lennard Struff: Prediction
Rublev has broken into the top-10 of the men’s ranking and has been doing justice to his position lately. He has already sent a warning around the locker room about his clay court abilities. Struff surely can trouble his opponent with a big serve and flat shots, but the Russian will have more ammunition and endurance to come through this unscathed.
Match Prediction: Andrey Rublev should win in two sets.