ATP Finals 2021: Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev Preview, Head to head, Prediction and Live Stream

Top seed Novak Djokovic will lock horns against fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the group stage of the 2021 ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev
Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev

20-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic will be up against Andrey Rublev in the group stage of the 2021 ATP Finals. Djokovic ranked No.1 in the world while Rublev is the World No.5.

Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev: Match Details

  • Tournament: ATP Finals 2021
  • Match: Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev
  • Round: Round Robin
  • Prize Money: $173,000
  • Date: November 17, 2021
  • Venue: Turin, Italy
  • Surface: Indoor Hard Court

Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev: Preview

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Match by match, Novak Djokovic is solidifying his claim to be the greatest of all time. He secured a seventh year end No.1 ranking this season and won three majors. won the Australian Open at the start of the season and had an exceptional clay court season, where he defeated the Rafael Nadal en route his second triumph at Roland Garros.

He then his 20th major at Wimbledon and was just a match away from completing a historic calendar slam at Flushing Meadows where he lost to Daniil Medvedev. He also won the Paris Masters coming into Turin. In the first match of the ATP Finals, he got the better off Casper Ruud in straight sets 7-6(4),6-2.

Since the last two years, Andrey Rublev has been one of the most consistent player on tour. He started the year with the ATP Cup victory with Russia and made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. He then won the ATP 500 event at Rotterdam before making it to the semifinals at Qatar, Dubai and Miami. In the clay court season, he finished runner-up at Monte Carlo and had quarterfinal outings at Barcelona and Rome.

The Russian then reached the final of the Cincinnati Masters before bowing out in the third round at New York. In his first match at Turin this week, he defeated fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets 6-4,6-4.

Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev: Head-to-Head

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

This will be the first meeting between the duo. The two haven’t met on tour yet and hence their H2H stands deadlock at 0-0.

Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev: Prediction

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

It is astonishing how these two haven’t met on tour yet despite bring ranked in the Top 10. Djokovic will start as the favorite and will want to virtually secure a semifinal spot with a win. On the other hand, Rublev too will almost secure a semifinal spot if he wins. The fast courts suit Rublev’s game and he could very well bring that element of uncertainty. But still, expect Djokovic to cruise past Rublev.

Prediction: Djokovic to win in straight sets.

Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev: Broadcast and Live Stream details

Area Broadcaster
AustraliabeIN SPORTS Australia
France                        Eurosport France
ItalyRAI, Sky Italia 
PortugalSport TV Portugal
SpainTelefonica/Movistar
United KingdomAmazon Prime Video
United States                Tennis Channel  

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