Andrey Rublev v Borna Coric Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for St. Petersburg Open: Rublev Huge Favourite to Make it Four Titles for 2020

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Third seeded Andrey Rublev will face off against the seventh seeded Borna Coric at St. Petersburg Open on Sunday, October 18 in the final. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Borna Coric match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Andrey Rublev v Borna Coric Head to Head

There have been three previous meetings between Rublev and Coric before this and the Russian has won every single time. It started with the Next Gen Finals where they met at the semifinal stage and Rublev carved out a straight-set win.

It was followed by the 2018 Qatar Open where again, Rublev registered a 6-3, 7-5 win in the quarterfinals before their most recent meeting in the Shanghai Masters last year. That came in the first round and saw Rublev breeze through in straight sets again.

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Rublev Overturns a Set Deficit

The world number 10 Russian has never made it to the ATP Finals before this season but by getting to the final here at St. Petersburg he has come close to checking that box. Down a set in his semifinal against Denis Shapovalov, Rublev then went on to save a handful of breakpoints in the second to clinch a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

And even Rublev admitted it was a match that could have gone either way. Speaking of the high level of tennis from both players, Rublev said it was a matter of one or two points which decided the match in the end.

With this win, he has now moved to the eighth spot in the Road to the Finals, a ranking table separate from the world rankings and one that decides which eight players make the ATP Finals. A win in the final here in Russia will go a long way in sealing that berth with a couple of important tournaments still to go.

More importantly for now, Rublev has a solid chance of adding a fourth title of the season to his kitty, and sixth overall but up against him is a player who overcame his own odds to make it there

Coric Finally Breaks the Raonic Serve

It had been a tournament to remember for Milos Raonic who had won all his matches in straight sets and not dropped serve in any of them till he came up against Coric.

Even Coric did not seem to have too many answers to the Raonic in the first set, dropping serve twice and letting his opponent run away with a 5-0 lead. In the end, Coric managed to win a game but Raonic served it out easily to close it at 6-1 and it looked like another straight-set win was on the cards for the Canadian.

All of a sudden though Coric found his range while Raonic lost his. And in a perfect symmetry to the first set, the Croat managed to break Raonic twice and race away to a 5-0 lead too before winning it 6-1.

The third set saw both players retain their serves for the first four games before Coric found himself an opening he managed to exploit. And from there on, he held his serve to 15 in each of the next three games to complete a shock win over Raonic.

The level of tennis can be expected to rise suddenly in the final but can a win over the in-form Raonic could play a part?

Rublev v Coric Prediction and Tip

Rublev is 3/10 to win this and those extremely one-sided odds are an indicator of how well he has gone all this season – much like what his fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev had done last season. Backing him to win this in straight sets.

Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 4/5 (bet365)

The St. Petersburg Open 2020 will be played from October 12 to 18. You can watch & bet on the St. Petersburg Open here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

Suneer Chowdhary
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Suneer is a Mumbai-based freelance sports journalist with a special affinity towards cricket and tennis. He has also covered six ICC tournaments including Cricket World Cups and Champions Trophy.

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