On Thursday, February 24, the World no. 61 Mackenzie McDonald will challenge the second seed Andrey Rublev for a spot in the semifinals of the ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022.
Andrey Rublev vs Mackenzie McDonald: Match Details
- Tournament: ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022
- Match: Andrey Rublev vs Mackenzie McDonald
- Round: Quarterfinals
- Date: February 24, 2022
- Venue: Dubai, U.A.E.
- Surface: Hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 149,870
Andrey Rublev vs Mackenzie McDonald: Preview
Andrey Rublev has performed exceptionally well over two months. He started off in the Australian Open and made it to the third round, however losing to the Croatian Marin Čilić in an intense four-setter ( 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 3-6 ). In the ATP Rotterdam Open, the Russian got knocked out in the semifinals to Felix Auger Aliassime ( 7-6, 4-6, 2-6 ). However, Rubley soon got his revenge and defeated Alisssime in the Open 13 finals, grabbing the title in straight sets ( 7-5, 7-6 ). Rubley will face McDonald in the second round of the ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022 after beating Kwon Soon-woo in the first round ( 4-6, 6-0, 6-3).
The 26-year-old American is on a roll. After overcoming odds and beating the seventh seed Aslan Karatsev in the round of 32 of the ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022 in straight sets ( 7-5, 6-3 ), McDonald prevailed over Filip Krajinović ( 6-4, 7-6 ), breaking his second round losing streak. His game at the beginning of the year, however, was not so fruitful. He got eliminated in the second round of all the tournaments. But the American finally got his groove, giving him the push he needs to win the Dubai title.
Andrey Rublev vs Mackenzie McDonald: Head-to-Head
Andrey Rublev and Mackenzie McDonald have previously played once in the 2019 Australian Open R128, where the American emerged victorious ( 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 ) making their head-to-head 0-1. The two will square off for the second time in the ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022 Quarterfinals.
Andrey Rublev vs Mackenzie McDonald, ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022: Prediction
Andrey Rublev had already grabbed a title under his name. He is ranked higher and has more wins, giving him the upper hand he needs to win his match today. The American has pucked up his game this time and will try to increase his head-to-head gap against the Croatian. He already has won once. This would boost his confidence to carry on his winning streak.
Prediction: Andrey Rublev is expected to win in three sets.
Andrey Rublev vs Mackenzie McDonald, ATP Dubai Tennis Championship 2022: Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- U.S.A.- Tennis Channel
- Australia– beIN
- U.K. and Ireland- Amazon Prime
- The Middle East and North Africa- beIN Sports
- Central America- ESPN
- Caribbean Islands- Sportsmax
- South America and Oceania- ESPN International
- Canada- T.S.N., and DAZN
- Sub-Saharan Africa- SuperSport