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

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Stefanos Tsitsipas (©PHOTOPQR/LE PARISIEN/Arnaud Journois)

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?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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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.

Tsitsipas vs Rublev: Preview

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