Russia’s Andrey Rublev will be up against the world number eight Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the second semifinal in Kitzbuhel as the Thiem’s 7 Invitational tennis tournament reaches its final stages. This match will resume at 1.30 pm local time (12.30 pm BST) on Saturday, July 11 following its suspension overnight and you can find the Andrey Rublev v Matteo Berrettini live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Matteo Berrettini Head to Head
These two have played each other four times too with Berrettini holding a 3-1 lead over Rublev. All of their matches have come in the 2018-2019 period, including once at the US Open last year.
That fourth round encounter saw Berrettini roll over Rublev in straight sets before he repeated the dose indoors in Vienna later that year. Rublev’s only win over his opponent came at Marseille in 2019.
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Rublev Tests Negative, But Playing Positively
Andrey Rublev was one of the players to be involved at the infamous Adria Tour but rather fortunately he got away without too many issues. Despite being in close proximity with the likes of Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and some of the rest, Rublev tested negative for the coronavirus which would have come as a huge relief.
And to go with that, Rublev went on to win all his three matches at the Adria Tour (which was played in the Fast4 format), including wins over Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev.
Coming into this tournament, Rublev has had it tougher. He was a set down against Jan-Lennard Struff in his opener before winning the match tie-breaker in a hard-fought fashion, 15-13.
The loss to Dominic Thiem in the second match was almost on expected lines before he edged out Casper Ruud in the third. Even that match went to the third set before Rublev won it 10-4.
Berrettini Adjusting Between UTS & Regular Tennis
The UTS format isn’t something tennis has seen before and takes time adjusting to. Berrettini did well to feature in eight matches in that tournament and win five of the matches. Two of his three defeats came to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem.
And now getting back to the – nearly – regular tennis format, Berrettini has done well to win two of his three league stage matches. It started with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Dennis Novak and was followed by a 6-4, 6-3 drubbing of Roberto Bautista-Agut.
Strangely, with things going rather well for him, Berrettini then went down to Karen Khachanov, a player who had lost both his previous group stage matches this tournament in straight sets. That can be put down to a momentary lapse of focus but with Rublev having shown what he’s capable of, Berrettini would do well to not let his guard down again.
Andrey Rublev v Matteo Berrettini Predictions & Tips
Berrettini is 4/6 to win this as compared to Rublev, who starts off at 11/10. This could be a tight match and a safe bet would be for Berrettini to not win this in straight sets.
Tip: Berrettini to NOT WIN in straight sets: 1/2 (bet365)