Matteo Berrettini vs Andrey Rublev - Quarterfinals - Vienna Open - Preview and Prediction
It is a clash of two talented Next-Gen players as World number 11, Matteo Berrettini takes on number 22, Andrey Rublev in the Vienna Open quarterfinals today.
- Berrettini has won two titles this season, Budapest and Stuttgart
- Rublev won his first hard-court title at the Moscow Open last week
- Berrettini leads the head to head record 2-1
- Rublev lost in straight sets to Berrettini in the fourth round of the US Open 2019
- Rublev has a 2:1 win-loss ratio in 2019 with 50 wins and 25 losses
- Berrettini would look to seal his spot in the ATP Finals
- Rublev is on a 7 match winning streak
The Italian has been in terrific form on hard-courts. He has played attacking tennis and has put his opponents in pressure right from the start. The US Open semifinalist served out 14 aces with a high first-serve percentage of 89 in the pre-quarterfinal.
The Russian has been in sensational form as well. The European Tour has benefited him a lot. He thrashed fellow youngster, Hyeon Chung, 6-4 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals. Though Rublev does not have a big serve, his strength is his high break-point conversion rate.
High focus and fewer nerves have been the hallmarks of Rublev this season. Fighting multiple injuries and a battle with depression, he has made a strong comeback after being ranked below 100 in February 2019.
"I learnt not to take too close to my heart, it’s normal, when you lose, everybody says his career is almost over, he will never come back, when you start to win everybody starts saying, we have been believing in you since the beginning, so it’s normal part of any sport", said Rublev reflecting his positive attitude.
Berrettini has also made significant strides this season. From being ranked below the top 50 this season, a top 10 spot awaits him now.
It has been a remarkable season for the future stars of tennis. They have proved that they can challenge the big players.
History awaits Berrettini and Rublev as they aim to reach the next stage in their career.
The fans can expect rampaging rallies from two in-form hard-court players.
Prediction - Matteo Berrettini to win in three sets
Cover Image Credits - Associated Press