World No.14 Andrey Rublev will have little time to prepare as he faces Sam Querrey of the USA in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Tuesday, September 29. The match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Sam Querrey match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Sam Querrey Head to Head
Rublev leads on their head-to-head 2-1, winning both of their last two matches. However, this will be their first meeting on clay.
Rublev’s Improved Form On Clay Puts Him in Good Stead
At the time of writing, Andrey Rublev is contesting title-decider of the ATP Hamburg Open, with a chance to advance into his third final of his career on the clay.
The Russian’s record on the surface though does not stack up with his growing success on hard courts. Indeed, it is ironic that Rublev’s first ATP title came on the red dirt of Umag three years ago, but he has since picked up three more titles – all of which came on hard courts.
Rublev lost in last year’s final in Hamburg to Basilashvili, a tournament which sparked a major renaissance of his second coming. He had been loitering just outside the top-100 in March 2019 with injuries causing his big fall from grace.
The 22-year-old launched a successful comeback after Hamburg, making back-to-back quarterfinals in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem, scoring a fine win over Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open in the midst of all that. He would win his second title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, highlighting his rise into one of the top players in the world yet again.
The Moscow-native managed to climb into the world’s top-30, finishing the season with a year-end ranking of world no.23. The next two weeks will be a determining factor to see if Rublev will manage to address his rather modest record on clay over the last 18 months. After Hamburg, the French Open awaits.
Querrey In Dire Form Ahead of French Open
Since the ATP tour resumed last month, Sam Querrey is still chasing his first match-win post-lockdown.
The 32-year-old American was beaten by Milos Raonic at the Cincinnati Masters in the first round, but it was his US Open defeat which raised a few eyebrows when he fell to Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia – a player who had never competed for over three years.
Querrey’s misery continued when his European clay-court swing began with a setback, losing in the first round of the Rome Masters to Pedro Martinez. To put the big-serving American’s 2020 into perspective, he has played very little tennis at tour-level without making any imprint.
The Australian Open in January remains the only tournament in which he won back-to-back matches en route to the third round. It is a peculiar situation that he finds himself in, and while an upset is entirely possible, it is hard to see him turning things around at Roland Garros, where he has managed to win his first round match there just four times since he made his debut in 2007.
Rublev v Querrey Prediction and Tip
Rublev is tearing the cover off the ball right now and there is only one winner here. The American will try to work himself into this encounter with his booming serve, but the heavy balls at the event this year will make him work twice as hard.
Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 4/7 (bet365)