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Medvedev vs Rublev ATP St. Petersburg Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev and Rublev meet in all-Russian St. Petersburg quarter final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 20 Sep 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Andrey Rublev is live from St. Petersburg on Friday, 20 September from 6:30pm local time/ 4:30pm BST
  • Medvedev won their only previous meeting in Cincinnati last month
Daniil Medvedev. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto)

It's an all-Russian battle in St. Petersburg as the country's No. 1 and No. 3 players, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev face off in the quarter finals on Friday. 

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With Russian No. 2, Karen Khachanov exiting the tournament on Thursday, and the two remaining Russians going head-to-head on Friday, only one home player can now make the semi-finals, as the country seeks his first local winner since Mikhail Youzhny claimed the title in 2004.

These are good times or Russian tennis, with world No. 4, Medvedev, of course, leading the way. After a sensational North American hard court season, during which he amassed a staggering 20-3 record, reached four consecutive finals, claimed a maiden Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati and pushed the great Rafael Nadal to five sets in an epic US Open final, Medvedev was back in action on Thursday, and he pretty much picked up from where he left off, beating Evgeny Donskoy 7-5 6-2 to move into the quarter finals. 

A convincing performance from Medvedev featured seven aces, with the Russian winning 81% of points on his first serve and 64% on his second, while he lost his serve just once throughout the hour and 15-minute contest. Medvedev reduced Donskoy to just 8 of 27 second set points, converting half of the eight break opportunities he created to secure his 50th match win of the season.

Medvedev is on course for a third title of the year, having also gone all the way in Sofia and Cincinnati. He made finals in Brisbane, Barcelona, Washington, Montreal and New York, while he was a semi-finalist in Rotterdam, Monte Carlo and Queen's. All of these have lifted him to No. 4 in the world, and secured a maiden appearance at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London.

Can he reach an 11th semi-final of the season on Friday when he faces compatriot, Andrey Rublev in St. Petersburg?


Before Medvedev's dramatic rise, Rublev was the first of the Next Gen Russians to make his mark, as he was a finalist at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2017- the same year he claimed a maiden tour-level title in Umag, made the quarter finals of the US Open and crack the top 40, but he endured a difficult 2018, during which he struggled with injuries, dipping as low as 78th and finishing at No. 68 in the world. 

His problems continued through the first half of 2019, as he made just one tour-level quarter final within that time frame, in Marseille, and missed a massive chunk of the clay-court season, including Roland Garros, due to a wrist injury.

Rublev fell out of the top 100 in February, but he has been charging up the rankings in recent months. His resurgence began after Wimbledon, when he made the final in Hamburg (lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili), while it continued through the North American hard court season, with the 21-year-old reaching quarter finals in Cincinnati (where he famously defeated Roger Federer along the way), and Winston-Salem, and making the fourth round of the US Open.

The world No. 38 has kept up that form in St. Petersburg, where he will play Medvedev for a place in the last four. Rublev has had to work very hard for his quarter final spot this week, as he came from a set down to beat Ilya Ivashka 4-6 6-0 6-4 in the first round before taking out Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-7 6-1 in the second round, setting up Friday’s meeting with Medvedev.

Medvedev was a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victor over Rublev in their only previous tour-level meeting just a last month in Cincinnati, and will again start as favourite to win this all-Russian affair.

Rublev brings plenty of aggression and firepower to the table, and can do serious damage off the forehand wing, but as we have found out over the last few months, Medvedev's maddening defence will be extremely difficult to break down, even on the indoor hard courts of St. Petersburg. The world No. 4 also has the option of upping the aggression if and when he needs it, like he did in the latter half of his US Open final against Nadal.

There's no other way for Rublev- he has got to be as aggressive as possible, without being reckless- but Medvedev's defence, and attacking options should prove too good for the younger Russian.

Daniil Medvedev vs Andrey Rublev is live from St. Petersburg on Friday, 20 September from 6:30pm local time/ 4:30pm BST


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Medvedev vs Rublev ATP St. Petersburg Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev and Rublev meet in all-Russian St. Petersburg quarter final

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