Number nine seed Andrey Rublev of Russia will play Argentinian journeyman Facundo Bagnis in the first round of the 2020 Italian Open on Tuesday, September 15. This match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Facundo Bagnis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Facundo Bagnis Head to Head
This will be a first-ever meeting between Rublev and the world no.135 Facundo Bagnis.
Rublev Set Main Draw Debut at Foro Italico
Andrey Rublev has never played a main draw match at the Italian Open before, so his first outing on Tuesday is likely to be an eventful one. His only previous visit to the Italian capital was in 2015 when he lost in the second round of qualifying to Thomas Fabbiano.
Over the years, Rublev’s ranking couldn’t make the cut, and then there was the unfortunate period in 2018 when his presence on tour was limited due to injury issues.
The Russian is healthy again and in top form, arriving at Foro Italico with a career-high ranking of world no.12 after reaching the last eight at the US Open for the second time in his career.
Rublev’s sparkling form is showing no signs of abating having won 19 matches at tour-level this year including two career ATP titles which came in the opening two weeks of the season. The 22-year-old discussed his form in his pre-match interview and the difficulty he has found while transitioning from hard courts to clay in this peculiar time of the tennis year.
The Russian has admitted it has been a real challenge to hit balls on clay, but he is adamant with the extra preparation he has put in, he will be equipped to win his first match in Rome.
Bagnis Seeking Rare Tour-Level Match Win
No matter how many years Facundo Bagnis intends to play on both the ATP and Challenger tours, it will be tough to beat his career-best season in 2016.
The man from Rosario won an astonishing 60 matches that year, including six ATP Challenger titles on clay, all of which came on South American soil. He peaked at no.55 in the world in the ATP rankings.
The Argentinean didn’t manage to replicate those exploits the following year, posting a 27-29 win-loss record. However, he ended his title drought in 2018 when he won the L’Aquila challenger (the last of his title wins). He momentarily saw his ranking deteriorate in the last two years, dropping outisde the top-200 at one point before hauling himself back in.
In 2019 he made the finals at the Buenos Aires challenger where he was beaten by India’s Sumit Nagal. Bagnis arrives in Rome with not the best of records, having lost in the first round of the Prostejov challenger a few days ago.
He also did retire due to a leg injury less than a month ago at the L’Aquila challenger in Todi, an issue that could still bother him on the demanding clay surface.
Rublev v Bagnis Prediction & Tip
Rublev admitted he might take time to get going on clay, now that he is making the transition from the fast hard courts of New York to the most grueling of surfaces. Still, we expect him to have the answers posed by the Argentinean journeyman.
Tip: Rublev to win: 2/5 (bet365)