The eighth seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas begins his 2019 US Open campaign with his first round match against Andrey Rublev of Russia on Monday, August 26. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Stefanos Tsitsipas v Andrey Rublev live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Andrey Rublev Head to Head
The pair have met once before, in the semi-finals of the Next Gen ATP finals in Italy in 2018, with Tsitsipas winning that match in five sets.
Tsitsipas, Successful 2019 to Date
Tsitsipas has had a very good year, beginning in Melbourne where he was a surprise semi-finalist and beat Roger Federer. He followed that up by winning his second ATP title in Marseille, and then his third in Estoril. He also got to the final in both Dubai and Madrid, and was a semi-finalist in Washington.
As a result he has now firmly established himself as a top ten player, and is regarded as one of a handful of players from “the next generation” tipped as a future Grand Slam winner.
However, he was beaten in the first round of Wimbledon, a defeat that he took to heart, and he will be looking for a much better showing in Flushing Meadows. He was beaten in the second round last year, so will be determined to improve on that in 2019.
Rublev, Conqueror of Federer in Cincinnati
Before the draw was made, some tennis commentators identified Rublev as one of the opponents that the top seeds would not want to have to face in the first round. This is based not so much on his recent record – it has been two years since he won his solitary ATP title to date in Umag – but because of his ability to produce a shock result on the day.
Roger Federer was the most recent man to find this out to his cost, when he was virtually bullied out of the Cincinnati Masters by the 21-year-old, who unleashed a barrage of shots to which the veteran Swiss had no answer.
Rublev is capable of producing sustained runs in tournaments – he got to the final in Hamburg, and the quarters in Winston Salem on the eve of this tournament – but lacks the consistency to do this on a regular basis so far. But, on his day, as Dominic Thiem in Hamburg, and Marin Cilic in Miami have previously experienced this year, he can produce tennis to upset the very best.
Tsitsipas v Rublev Predictions & Tips
Tsitsipas is the favourite to win this match at 8/13 whilst Rublev is 11/8. The Russian is a dangerous opponent without doubt, and one that Tsitsipas would have preferred to have avoided this early in the tournament.
However, the Greek should take heart from the fact that he has had a very good year so far in 2019, and he will not allow any complacency to creep into his game, with the memory of what happened to him in Wimbledon still fresh in his mind.
It may take four sets, but he should get the job done in the end.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in four sets: 10/3 (888Sport)