In red-hot form, Andrey Rublev takes on the resurgent South African Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals of the 2020 Vienna Open ATP 500 on Saturday, October 31. The exact match time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Kevin Anderson v Andrey Rublev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Kevin Anderson Head to Head
This is the third meeting between the players. While Anderson won at the 2015 US Open, Rublev won more recently at this year’s French Open last month extremely convincingly
Rublev Train Unstoppable
Andrey Rublev’s year has reached such heights that his injury laden 2018 and 2019 seem a distant memory now. He has won four tournaments in 2020 already, on hard courts, clay and indoors and looking like a strong member of the top ten in the ATP rankings.
Along with titles in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg and St.Petersburg ,he also did well to make the last 16 at the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of both the US & French Opens. .
Rublev was lucky to come into the quarter-finals better rested than most with Jannik Sinner pulling out only three games into their second round encounter.
Up against the defending champion and home favorite Dominic Thiem, Rublev started a little tentative and was down a few break points early, but held on and with Thiem serving at par, we were headed for the tie-break. The Austrian got the first mini-break to lead 4-3, but the Russian won three consecutive points, two on Thiem’s serve to clinch it 7-5.
Rublev was more aggressive from the beginning of the second set and with Thiem having some issues with his foot and blisters, the pressure was on the second seed.
Rublev broke twice in succession and it was only a matter of time before he won the set 6-2 and recorded a straight sets win. 37-7 for the season and only one loss since the US Open, the Russian is almost certainly a London candidate now, and with seeds falling in abundance today in Vienna, looks the favorite for another title this weekend.
Anderson Returning to Form
Former world number five Kevin Anderson finally seems to getting back to the level he was at in 2017-2018. The last season and a half has not been the best for the big serving South African, who has had injury concerns resulting in lay-offs from the tour and lack of match practice and indifferent form.
Anderson has looked like getting into some sort of form since the resumption of the season in August, but apart from back-to-back wins at the French Open before losing to Andrey Rublev at the end of week one, he did not manage to get any sort of momentum going.
However, this week has been different. An unexpected convincing straight sets win against Pablo Carreno Busta earlier in the week (who has had quite a run since August) set the tone for a confident showing against Daniil Medvedev. Anderson was on point with the serve and forehand and coming in with confidence to close out points at the net.
Medvedev himself has not had the season he had in 2019 and appeared tentative once the South African was in his element.
After an early break in the first set was sufficient for Anderson to clinch the set, he kept the strong serving through the second and pushed the Medvedev service games intermittently. Heading into the tie-break, the South African served big and it was not before too long that the Russian felt the pressure and capitulated.
Anderson is back in the final four but up against the player in the best form on the tour right now, Andrey Rublev.
Rublev v Anderson Prediction and Tip
Although Anderson seems to be on the comeback and wins against Carreno Busta and Medvedev will have done a world of good to his confidence, Rublev is in the form of his career eyeing a fifth title for the year that would take him ahead of Novak Djokovic for 2020. Expect a good match and a closer one than the French Open, but Rublev is unstoppable right now. The Russian to win in straight sets.
Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)