World number 38 Russian Andrey Rublev will begin his St. Petersburg Open campaign on Tuesday when he takes on Ilya Ivashka from Belarus. The match is scheduled to start at 6.30 PM local time (4.30 PM BST) on the center court.. The match is scheduled for 11.30 am local time (10.30 am BST) and you can find the Andrey Rublev v Ilya Ivashka live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Ilya Ivashka Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between Rublev and Ivashka.
Andrey Rublev Looking for a Strong Finish
2017 was a breakthrough year for the 21-year-old Rublev. He won his first title at the Croatia Open that year, reached the last eight at the US Open and reaching the finals of the ATP Next Generation Finals.
His world rankings were outside the top 150 at the start of 2017, but on the back of a strong 2017 & impressive start to the 2018 campaign, he reached his career-high 31 in 2018. A back injury kept him out of most of the second half of the 2018 season, and even his comeback was unspectacular as he suffered multiple early-round exits at the start of 2019 season.
He had an impressive run at the Hamburg Open where he reached the finals and beat Dominic Thiem in the way. He lost to Nikoloz Basilashivili in the final, but that tournament seemed to have turned a corner for him. His second half of the season has been excellent, with him reaching quarter-finals at the Cincinnati Masters & the Winston Salem before making it to the round of 16 at the US Open.
Rublev has a potent serve and a big forehand. His baseline game is very consistent, and he will be hoping to make a quick start from the blocks in the first round match.
Ilya Ivashka Looking to Break Into Top 100
Ilya Ivashka had an impressive 2018 where on the back of consistent performances in the Challenger Circuit saw him break into the world top 100 in rankings. But success on the big stage has eluded him so far this year with him only making to the main draws at the Australian Open & the US Open suffering early-round exits.
His record on tour this year has been 7-10 so far. A left knee injury also kept him out of action for almost three months this year.
He has reached the main draw here at St. Petersburg via two straight-sets victories in the qualifying rounds. With a powerful serve and a consistent backhand, he will be hoping to trouble his Russian counterpart.
Andrey Rublev v Ilya Ivashka Predictions & Tips
Ivashka has had two impressive performances to make it to the main draw, but the powerful Russian will be too big a hurdle for him to cross. I expect a straight-sets victory for Rublev as he continues his strong end to the season..
Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 23/20 (888Sport)