Tsitsipas vs Rublev French Open tennis preview, head-to-head and predictions

Can Andrey Rublev maintain his unbeaten record against Stefanos Tsitsipas to make his first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open?

Tsitsipas vs Rublev is live from Roland Garros on Wednesday 7 October, 3pm local/2pm BST

In a rematch of the Hamburg Open final which finished 7-5 in the third set, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Andrey Rublev for a place in the French Open semifinals on Wednesday.

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Tsitsipas is 0-3 vs Rublev, but each match has been close – will we see another epic clash between them, and which 22-year-old will prevail in this Roland Garros quarterfinal?

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Tsitsipas vs Rublev: Head-to-head

Andrey Rublev leads the head-to-head with Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-0. Each match has gone the distance, Rublev winning in three sets at the Quimper Challenger in 2017, in four sets at the US Open in 2019 and 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at the Hamburg Open before the French Open began.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev have been strangely in sync this tournament: They both contested the Hamburg Open final on what was the first day of Roland Garros 2020; they both came back from two sets down in the first round to win in five, in what was a career first for each; and both have looked largely untroubled since then.

Tsitsipas hasn’t dropped a set since the first round, gliding through with polished performances against Pablo Cuevas, Aljaz Bedene (who retired) and Grigor Dimitrov in a one-handed backhand duel in which he particularly impressed, looking much more incisive and able to power through the court.

Things have been a little trickier for Rublev, who dropped sets against both Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – no slouch on clay and not on bad form at all – and the talented, dangerous Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round. Like Tsitsipas’s win over Dimitrov, this was the most impressive victory: For once, Rublev had to be the steadier, more consistent player in the match, weathering Fucsovics’s ebbs and flows, and his ability to play the big points better and more cleverly earned him a place in the quarterfinals.

Tsitsipas does have a bit of a physical advantage, having had shorter matches, and ones less psychologically wearing than Rublev’s clash with Fucsovics, but the Russian is also match-tougher, having had to weather those storms.

Andrey Rublev (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

Then there’s the head-to-head. All their matches have been close: Their two best-of-three matches have been settled by almost identical scorelines (30 and 31 matches respectively), their one Grand Slam match went to 48 games; the winning margin for Rublev has been 2, 4 and 4 games respectively. That suggests that Tsitsipas is close, and that this French Open quarterfinal clash could be extremely close, too; the Greek actually served for the match in Hamburg, only to end up being broken, losing the last three games and double-faulting the trophy away. I thought before this tournament that Rublev would make the semifinals. I still think that. But it’s going to be close.

Tsitsipas vs Rublev: Prediction

Just a handful of ranking places separate veteran Roberto Bautista Agut and rising Russian Andrey Rublev – who will reach the semifinals in Hamburg?

Bautista Agut vs Rublev is live from Hamburg on Friday 25 September, 11.30am local/10.30am BST

Returning to competition in Hamburg after the birth of his first child, Roberto Bautista Agut has already ousted defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili and in-form Dominik Koepfer and is looking to reach his third semifinal of 2020 as he takes on Andrey Rublev.

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A quarterfinalist at the US Open, Rublev reached the final of the Hamburg European Open in 2019 but trails 1-2 in the head-to-head against Bautista Agut. Can he get the win in their first clay-court meeting?

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Bautista Agut vs Rublev: Head-to-head

Roberto Bautista Agut leads the head-to-head with Andrey Rublev 2-1, although Rublev won their most recent encounter at the ATP Cup in January 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(0).

All three previous meetings have taken place on hard courts.

Bautista Agut vs Rublev: Preview

Playing Hamburg for the first time in five years, Bautista Agut has made quite an impact on the draw, snapping 2018-19 champion Nikoloz Basilashvili’s 12-match winning streak at the tournament before ousting the in-form Dominik Koepfer, who reached the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters last week as a qualifier and pushed Novak Djokovic to three sets.

Bautista Agut sat out the Rome Masters and had lost early at the US Open, going out to Vasek Pospisil in the third round which enabled him to head home for the birth of his first child, so he’s looking for matches ahead of the French Open. Bautista Agut broke his long-standing fourth-round barrier when he made the quarterfinals in Melbourne and the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2019, but he has never yet been past the last 16 at Roland Garros.

The world no. 11 has always been thought of more as a hard-court player, and he impressed at the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters a few weeks ago with wins over Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev and a three-set battle with Djokovic, but he has won ATP Tour titles on all surfaces during his career and his relentless consistency from the baseline works on all surfaces as he showed during an uneven but typically tenacious 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Koepfer.

Bautista Agut dropped serve six times and only won 56% of points behind his first serve, not numbers which he will have been too satisfied with. Will he do better against Rublev?

Andrey Rublev (PA Images)

Rublev also had to go the distance in his match against Tommy Paul, dropping serve twice himself in a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win which means he has now beaten two Americans in Hamburg, Tennys Sandgren and Paul. The Russian’s record is not as impressive on clay as it is on hard courts: He is 59-47 on clay, has reached two ATP Tour finals on it (in Hamburg last year) and has beaten one top-10 player on it (Dominic Thiem, again in Hamburg last year), while on hard courts he is 164-97, has won three titles (all in the past 12 months) and is 5-12 against top-10 players.

With a 19-5 record on hard courts in 2020 as opposed to 3-1 on clay, and defeated in an uneven match by Hubert Hurkacz at the Rome Masters last week, Rublev faces an uphill battle against Bautista Agut on this surface. While his win over the Spaniard at the ATP Cup in January was impressive, it came on a surface which maximised his big advantage over Bautista Agut – serving power. Rublev’s only real tactic is to power through Bautista Agut’s defense, which depends on him having a good day and is more difficult on clay

Bautista Agut vs Rublev: Prediction

An all-Russian clash in the quarterfinals of the US Open sees 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev taking on old friend Andrey Rublev.

Medvedev vs Rublev is live from New York on Wednesday 9 September, 1.30pm local/6.30pm BST

Daniil Medvedev has emerged as the favourite to win the US Open after the shock exit of Novak Djokovic left a vacuum on the men’s side of the draw – and he lived up to that billing with a dominant win over Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round.

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Medvedev has a perfect record against his compatriot and old friend Andrey Rublev, who avenged last year’s defeat to Matteo Berrettini to reach the US Open quarterfinals. Can Rublev find a way to break down the defensive wall of Medvedev?

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Medvedev vs Rublev: Head-to-head

Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head with Andrey Rublev 3-0. All three of their matches have taken place on hard courts, and two were in 2019: On outdoor hard courts in Cincinnati and indoor hard courts in St Petersburg.

Medvedev has won all six sets the two have played.

Medvedev vs Rublev: Preview

The certainty that a new men’s Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Sunday didn’t seem to disrupt Daniil Medvedev when he took the court for his fourth-round match. On the contrary, Medvedev remains the only player left in the men’s draw who hasn’t dropped a set as he delivered a ruthless takedown of Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1, 6-0.

Tiafoe, like the other players Medvedev has faced on his way through the draw, isn’t really on Medvedev’s level but the discipline the Russian has maintained in not losing focus and conserving as much energy as possible is both impressive and slightly surprising.

Now the third seed is closing in on a return to the final, and he hasn’t needed the antagonistic energy of the crowd to fuel him, either.
In terms of match-ups, Medvedev couldn’t really have asked for a better player to stand across the net from him in what will be his second Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Andrey Rublev is into his second US Open quarterfinal (PA Images)

It will also be Andrey Rublev’s second Grand Slam quarterfinal. Two years younger than Medvedev, Rublev was really one of the first of his generation to break through when he made a quarterfinal run at the US Open in 2017, but he got overtaken by other prospects while he struggled with a back injury.

It was on American hard courts in 2019 that Rublev reminded us how good he is, beating Roger Federer to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals (where he lost to Medvedev) before reaching the round of 16 in New York. Matteo Berrettini beat him there, but Rublev, after dropping the first set of the rematch, avenged that defeat in style, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Rublev took control of the baseline and dictated play throughout the majority of the match to make it back to the last eight.

Rublev has played so well (when he’s had the chance) over the past year, it’s unfortunate for him that he is up against Medvedev, a man who – any way you slice it – is simply a bad match-up for him. Rublev absolutely hammers the ball off both wings, but it makes no bones for Medvedev, who thrives on hard-hitting, error-prone players who cannot go toe-to-toe with him from the baseline without making errors – let alone the kinds of errors which Medvedev’s junk-balling tends to extract, if only because his variety demands such concentration from his opponents. Rublev might, at best, take a set if he redlines, but Medvedev should wear him down and outlast him.

Medvedev vs Rublev: Prediction

Novak Djokovic is the man to beat but is there a player in the US Open men’s singles draw in a position to do it?

We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev lead the draw at the 2020 US Open.

US Open 2020: Preview

The 2020 US Open is being played behind closed doors, with players (hopefully) adhering to strict health and safety protocols and enclosed in a bio-security bubble. With no fans and no strolling the streets of Manhattan in the evening, some of the ATP’s top players have opted not to travel, with defending champion Rafael Nadal, five-time winner Roger Federer and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka among the absentees.
As the solitary representative of the Big Four who is a realistic prospect for the title, the trophy looks to be Novak Djokovic’s to lose, especially with the top seed coming in unbeaten in 2020 and quickly finding his feet at the ‘Cincinnati’-New York Masters. Is Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev or Dominic Thiem in a position to stop him?

US Open Draw Analysis

Top Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (7)
The overwhelming favourite for the title, with a 21-0 record in 2020 at the time of writing and the experience of winning 17 majors when almost every other player in the draw has yet to lift one, Djokovic is everybody’s favourite for US Open champion, especially after the way he has played at the Western & Southern Open this week.

Nothing about the draw has changed that. Djokovic opens against Damir Dzumhur and could face Kyle Edmund – who has beaten him on clay before, but is unlikely to repeat the feat on a hard court most describe as playing fast – in the second round, with Jan-Lennard Struff, whom he trounced this week in ‘Cincinnati’, a likely third-round opponent. John Isner, who has lost his last seven matches against Djokovic, could await in the last 16.

Denis Shapovalov has an opportunity to make a deep run (PA Images)

With seventh seed David Goffin facing big-serving Reilly Opelka in the first round – assuming Opelka has recovered from the knee injury that saw him retire against Tsitsipas on Wednesday – opportunity knocks for another quarterfinalist. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has been spinning his wheels in 2020, but he’s got a good opportunity here – unless Filip Krajinovic, who played brilliant tennis to reach the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals, can pull an upset.

Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic (7/25 @ 888Sport to win first quarter)

Second Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) vs Alexander Zverev (5)
Should it come to a quarterfinal clash between these two ATP Finals champions, it’s advantage Tsitsipas – the Greek leads the head-to-head 5-1.

He also looks much more likely to reach the last eight than Zverev. Tsitsipas has warmed up nicely with a run to the semifinals (at the time of writing) at the Western & Southern Open, and if he can safely navigate a first-round clash with savvy Spanish veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas – a former French Open quarterfinalist, but less at home at the US Open – then there are no other players in his path to really threaten before the quarterfinals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has an advantage over fellow ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

That’s not the case for Zverev, who has to deal with former finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round, and a potential rematch with Diego Schwartzman, the tenacious Argentine who knocked him out of the US Open in the round of 16 in 2019, in the third. Big-serving Pole Hubert Hurkacz is also in this section. Overall, this looks like a clear opportunity for Tsitsipas to make a run.

Predicted semifinalist: Tsitsipas (6/5 @ Unibet to win second quarter)

Third quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (6) vs Daniil Medvedev (3)
Medvedev has been at the head of a short list of contenders who could potentially challenge Djokovic for the title, and being placed in the bottom half of the draw – so he can only face Djokovic in the final – has only improved his chances. The 2019 runner-up drew on energy from the New York crowd to fuel his run to the final, and his spirited five-set challenge to Nadal; this year, he can neither draw on them, nor on the lack of expectation which was on his shoulders in 2019. How will he cope?

The Russian played a solid couple of Western & Southern Open matches, but his failure to adapt to his opponent’s tactical shift saw him lose from what looked like a firm winning position – not for the first time. In order to win this title, Medvedev needs to keep his matches short in the first week and he has the draw to do it, opening against Federico Delbonis with Guido Pella in the third round and one of last year’s surprise semifinalists, Grigor Dimitrov, possibly in the fourth – but does he have the focus?

Could Andrey Rublev be the surprise package at this year’s US Open? (PA Images)

At the top of this section, big-serving Matteo Berrettini has only played four matches so far in 2020 so is coming in incredibly light on match fitness; could the 2019 semifinalist be vulnerable to an early upset, possibly at the hands of Casper Ruud or rising Finn Emil Ruusuvuori?
It’s Andrey Rublev who’s the man to watch in this quarter. The Russian is 15-4 in 2020 and made the last 16 of last year’s US Open before losing to Berrettini. If Medvedev is to falter, Rublev is the man to take advantage – but he’s 0-3 against his compatriot.

Predicted semifinalist: Rublev (13/2 @ 888Sport to win his quarter)

Fourth quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Roberto Bautista Agut (8) vs Dominic Thiem (2)
What to make of Thiem’s US Open chances? The Austrian pushed Djokovic all the way in the Australian Open final in January, but a brutal one-sided defeat to Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open has dented his contender status.

Perhaps it was just a fluke – Krajinovic is a very talented player who had a great week – but if Thiem has to play his way into form, that could mean lengthy matches in the first week which could drain his reserves ahead of bigger clashes in the second.

Opening against Jaume Munar, Thiem could face 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the third round, and there are a few potential challenges in the fourth: Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Canadian overdue for a solid run at a major; Andy Murray, who may have a metal hip but also has more experience winning matches than anybody else in the draw save Djokovic; and Dan Evans, who is having a career-best year.

Milos Raonic has looked on good form at the Western & Southern Open (PA Images)

Bautista Agut, meanwhile, impressed with a win over Medvedev to reach the Western & Southern Open semifinals, but he has a tough first round against Tennys Sandgren and looks likely to meet Milos Raonic – who leads their head-to-head 5-0 – in the third round. Another big server, like Karen Khachanov, Sam Querrey or Ivo Karlovic, could lurk for the winner of that one in the fourth. I like Raonic’s chances to make a quarterfinal run, and it looks by no means certain that he’ll meet Thiem there.

Semifinalist: Raonic (4/1 @ William Hill to win his quarter)

US Open 2020 Men’s Singles: Prediction

Semifinals: Djokovic d. Tsitsipas
Rublev vs Raonic

Final: Djokovic d. Rublev

Novak Djokovic could be headed for a semifinal clash with defending champion Daniil Medvedev as the Cincinnati Masters 2020 takes place in New York.

We break down the women’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Djokovic, Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas lead the field at the Western & Southern Open.

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Preview

The 2020 tennis season will finally get a Masters 1000 Series event played as the Western & Southern Open takes place, with main-draw play beginning on Saturday 22 August.

The tournament is being played behind closed doors at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, and is the first official ATP Tour event to be played since early March. Top seed Djokovic brings a perfect 18-0 record this season as he leads the field, and could be set for what would be a rematch of last year’s semifinals against defending champion Medvedev.

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Draw Analysis

Top Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (7)
Djokovic takes the court in New York having last lost a singles match in November, and having last played an ATP match in February when he beat Tsitsipas in the Dubai final. The world no. 1 has been in defiant mood, repeating his comparison of the media criticism he’s received lately to a ‘witch hunt’, but inasmuch as these things ever seem to affect his tennis, they tend to bring out the best in him – and Djokovic’s best is formidable.

This is not to say we should expect to see the 17-time Grand Slam champion playing anything like his finest, smoothest tennis next week. At 33, even the supremely fit Djokovic will be urgently trying to manage the physical transition back to competition after such an unusual and lengthy layoff as best he can.

Felix Auger-Aliassime could await Novak Djokovic in the third round (PA Images)

Wildcard Tommy Paul or a qualifier (a particularly dangerous proposition at the moment because they have had recent matches) will be Djokovic’s first opponent. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 13-9 in 2020 with two finals reached to his credit, could await if he isn’t ousted by hard-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili.

David Goffin was a surprise finalist in Cincinnati last year, but he had a very soft draw and this isn’t. Every player in his section except perhaps Benoit Paire could be a threat, especially when he could face Denis Shapovalov, Marin Cilic, Jan-Lennard Struff or Alex de Minaur in the third round. On the other hand, none of them look very threatening to Djokovic.

Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic

Second Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Daniil Medvedev (3) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (8)
It’s so hard to know what to expect from Medvedev. Last year’s US Open finalist and Cincinnati champion was 8-4 before the shutdown, during which he played little. Now defending his points in ‘Cincinnati’ (although revised rankings take that pressure off), Medvedev has a nice draw to play himself into form – a qualifier in the second round with Cristian Garin or Taylor Fritz in the third round. He should make the quarterfinals.

Roberto Bautista Agut (PA Images)

The perpetually underrated Roberto Bautista Agut has made a Masters 1000 Series final in the past (Shanghai 2016) and his draw isn’t bad, either: The Spaniard could open against Richard Gasquet, against whom he is 5-2. Projected third-round opponent Karen Khachanov could well go out in the first round to the unpredictable Sascha Bublik, who would have run out of steam by the time he got to Bautista Agut, or indeed to Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. This is one quarter where seeding could hold up.

Predicted semifinalist: Bautista Agut

Third quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (6) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (4)
Berrettini and Tsitsipas both played Patrick Mouratouglou’s innovative Ultimate Tennis Showdown during the shutdown, so we’ll see if that ecelectic format had a beneficial effect for them.

Big-serving Berrettini was a surprise US Open semifinalist last year but had played just two matches in 2020 before the shutdown due to injury, so he could be an early seeded casualty, opening against a match-tough qualifier with tenacious Diego Schwartzman or big-serving Reilly Opelka waiting in the third round.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has found himself surrounded by big servers (PA Images)

Tsitsipas should be in better shape, but he’s got a tougher draw. Former US Open finalist Kevin Anderson or Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund will be his opening opponent, while either John Isner or Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz are likely to await in the third round if he gets through that. This is the quarter of the big servers; could the diminutive Schwartzman outwit them all?

Predicted semifinalist: Schwartzman

Fourth quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Alexander Zverev (5) vs Dominic Thiem (2)
A really interesting, tightly-packed quarter this one. Thiem played 28 exhibition matches during the shutdown, just to keep his hand in, and if someone apart from Djokovic is going to win the US Open, the Austrian has to be among a shortlist of contenders. Often Thiem is too exhausted/over-scheduled to be at his most effective at this time of year, but that shouldn’t be a problem in 2020.

Thiem could open against Filip Krajinovic, a better player than his ranking but injury-prone and erratic, with Grigor Dimitrov a projected third-round opponent, although the Bulgarian is unlikely to be at his best after a draining bout of COVID-19.

Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Zverev has a rather tougher path of it: He could open against Andy Murray, should the man with the metal hip beat Frances Tiafoe in the first round. Andrey Rublev, the Russian who scored wins over Tsitsipas and Roger Federer on American hard courts last year, could await in the third round: Rublev faces Dan Evans, who played well during the Battle of the Brits, and who is a career-high world no. 28 at the moment, in the first round, but leads the head-to-head 2-1. Big servers Milos Raonic (always dangerous despite his struggles with injury) and Sam Querrey will face the winner.

Semifinalist: Thiem

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Prediction

Semifinals: Djokovic d. Bautista Agut
Thiem d. Schwartzman

Final: Djokovic d. Thiem