Next Gen Russian Andrey Rublev plays Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Marton Fucsovics match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Marton Fucsovics Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between the two players. Fucsovics won their only meeting at the 2017 Davis Cup World Group play-offs.
Positive 2020 Continues For Rublev
Andrey Rublev returned to the tour in the latter part of 2019 after a long injury lay-off and has had a very strong last year, as he has won three tournaments in 2020 already, on hard courts and on clay and is on the cusp of being in the top ten of the ATP rankings. With titles in Doha, Adelaide and now Hamburg,he also did well to make the last 16 at both majors this year in Melbourne and New York.
After a strong return to clay with the Hamburg title defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, it was quick shuffle over to Paris for the last major of the year. Starting as a strong favorite against out of form big serving Sam Querrey, Rublev saw himself down two sets having lost two tie-breaks and down a break in the third set. With Querrey serving for the match, Rublev found himself on the verge of an unexpected French Open exit.
A great comeback by Rublev followed, who won in a deciding fifth set to not only seal a spot in the second round, but also win his first ever match at the French Open. With strong ground-strokes and his iconic running forehand in play, the Russian went from strength to strength in the decider as the Querrey serve let him down at crucial points in the match.
The next round was off to a more clinical start for Rublev against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, where although Fokina hung in to win a set, Rublev never let off the intensity and looked in control for most of the match. In his third round, he was up against former top five and two time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, but there was no stopping Rublev on the clay.
The Anderson big serve, was not as effective on the slower dirt and negated by the strong Rublev return game, which saw him win comfortably in straight sets. Going into the second week, the Russian will surely be eyeing his chances of a deep run in week two and a possible shot at Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals too.
Fucsovics Run Continues After Medvedev Upset
Hungarian Marton Fucsovics has been in good form for the last couple seasons, with consistent runs from time to time. Coming into French Open, he was up against Daniil Medvedev in the opener and surprised many a tennis fan with a convincing four set win.
It was a slow start for Fucsovics in his second round match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas as he fell behind 1-4 with a service break down, but soon the Hungarian got his momentum going as he broke back to take the set in a breaker. More routine tennis followed in the second set with Fucsovics going up two sets to love. The Hungarian negated any advantage to the Spaniard in the third set winning eventually in straight sets.
The consistent Fucsovics play continued in the round of 32 against Thiego Montiero, with a well fought first set. But once Fucsovics took the set, the Brazilian’s level dropped and it was more clinical by Fucsovics with good baseline shots and another straight sets win. Into the fourth round, the Hungarian will be hoping to continue his run and go deeper into the second week of a major for the first time.
Rublev v Fucsovics Prediction and Tip
It has been a strong and positive year for the Russian and he will look to continue that going into week two of the French Open. Fucsovics has had a good run and confident sine he defeated Medvedev. It will not be an easy match for Rublev and one can see them playing quite even for long portions of the match.
However, the Rublev game and confidence is among the better ones on the tour at the moment and expect him to prevail in four sets.
Tip: Rublev to win in four sets: 11/4 (bet365)