World number 10 Andrey Rublev will be up against France’s world number 38 Ugo Humbert in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open. This match will be played on Thursday, October 15 and after 1 pm local time (11 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Ugo Humbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Ugo Humbert Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between Rublev and Humbert. In the first, which came in the qualifiers of the Monte-Carlo Masters last year, Rublev had registered a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Rublev Celebrates Top 10 Entry with Easy Win
Having never been a top 20 player at the start of the season, Rublev has jumped into the top 10 on the ATP rankings following his brilliant run at the French Open.
A quarterfinalist at Roland-Garros, Rublev became the latest player to become a 10th-ranked player in the world, and as if to prove a point his work isn’t done yet, he registered a 6-2, 6-4 win in his first round match over Vasek Pospisil.
Earlier this season, Rublev had raced off to three title wins including two on hard court surfaces and one on clay – the latter coming at the Hamburg Open at the expense of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rublev’s indoor record has been one to admire too. Last year, for instance, the Russian won the Moscow Open indoors, and was a quarterfinalist at Marseille, Vienna and here in St. Petersburg. This came following his inability to make it to the main draw at Rotterdam following the qualifiers.
With Rublev showing no signs of relenting – he is 15-4 since the resumption of tennis – things could get very difficult for his opponent
Humbert at Career-Best Too
While Rublev is at his career best ranking of number 10 in the world, Humbert is 28 places behind him but at his own best showing on the ATP charts. This is despite a quite underwhelming showing since tennis came back into the picture, with the Frenchman entering this tournament with a 5-5 win-loss record post the pandemic-break.
And at one stage it looked like Humbert was on his way out, crashing to the 286th-ranked Pavel Kotov in the first round of the tournament here.
Broken in the very first game, Humbert retaliated with a break of his own in the fourth game of the opening set but then dropped serve in the ninth game. Kotov served it out to go a set up and things looked to have gotten slightly gloomy for the Auckland Open winner.
In the second set, Humbert had to surmount two break-points to hold his serve in the fifth game but from there on it looked like something had clicked for the Frenchman. He broke Kotov in the very next game and doubled his advantage soon after to level the match.
And then again in the final set, he broke his inexperienced opponent at a crucial juncture in the eighth game to finish off the match in three. He would know, however, he might not get these many chances against Rublev.
Rublev v Humbert Prediction and Tip
This shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Rublev who isn’t just in form but also playing an opponent who is struggling to stitch a few wins together. Straight-set win expected.
Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 5/6 (bet365)