Second seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Russian fifth seeded Andrey Rulev in the final of the 2020 Hamburg Open on Sunday, September 27. The match begins at around 12 noon local time (11 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Andrey Rublev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Andrey Rublev Head to Head
This is a battle between two players who have won the second and third-most wins on tour this year. Rublev’s 24 is second only Novak Djokovic while Tsitsipas has 22 victories to his name.
Overall, these two players have played each other four times but they have all been in different walks of competitions – it started at the Challenger level in 2017 where Rublev won in three sets, then went to the Next Gen Finals of 2018 where Tsitsipas won in five, before the 2019 US Open saw Rublev shock his Greek opponent.
Their latest meeting came in the 2020 Mubadala Exhibition competition which was won by Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas Huffs and Puffs to a Win
The Greek number one admitted there were a lot of nerves for him during his semifinal against Cristian Garin as he scraped through to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win. Such was the close nature of the contest, Tsitsipas got just four break points in the entire period of three sets and converted three of them.
Tsitsipas himself was broken three times but took the advantage when it mattered, breaking his opponent in the 12th game of the first set and then in the fifth game of the third set.
This win over Garin after a week of sterling performances off the racquet of Tsitsipas who had earlier been knocked out of the Rome Masters in his opener. Tsitsipas, who will begin his French Open campaign on Saturday, sent Dan Evans and Pablo Cuevas packing in the first two rounds.
And facing up to the challenge of Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinal, Tsitsipas was stretched in the first set but remained calm under pressure to win in straight sets.
The world number six is bidding to win his second clay court title after his maiden one came in Estoril in 2019. Rublev’s excellent form makes it a difficult proposition.
Rublev Tames Ruud to Make the Final
A lot was expected out of this semifinal given the kind of form Casper Ruud has been but Rublev bossed the contest and won it 6-4, 6-2.
Rublev went hammer and tongs from game one of the match, getting his first break point in the first game and then a service break in the third. Ruud broke back to bring parity back in the contest for a while but Rublev responded with another break of serve in the very next game.
He saved a couple of break-points in the next game before sealing the set off on love.
The second set turned out to be even more one-sided in nature. Rublev went on a game-winning spree, breaking his Norwegian opponent’s serve twice and taking a 3-0 lead. While Ruud came back with a break of his own, Rublev held the advantage till he won a game on his opponent’s serve on love again.
An easy hold helped him complete the win.
The Russian had earlier gotten knocked out in the second round at the Rome Masters but with straight-set wins over Roberto Bautista-Agut and Ruud, has ensured that defeat has been long-forgotten. He holds the ability to trump Tsitsipas here.
Tsitsipas v Garin Prediction and Tip
It isn’t too much of a surprise Rublev starts off a slight favourite here and we are also backing him to complete a tough win against a formidable opponent.
Tip: Rublev to win: 4/5 (bet365)