Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, the number 8 seed and world 49, will face off against Jeremy Chardy of France, the world number 72, in the quarter-final of the 2021 ATP Antalya Open on January 12, with the match likely to begin at around 9 am local time. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Bublik v Jeremy Chardy match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Bublik v Jeremy Chardy Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first meeting between the 23-year-old Russian-born Kazakh and the Frenchman, who is a decade older.
Bublik Knocks Out Top Seed
Bublik has enjoyed a fine start to 2021, reaching the semi-final in Antalya without dropping a set, first beating Salvatore Caruso of Italy and then Tristan Lamasine of France. In the quarter-final on Monday he met Matteo Berrettini of Italy, the top seed and world number ten.
The match started badly for him, dropping his serve in the very first game. However, he stayed in the match and almost broke back five games later, only for Berrettini to save two break points.
The Italian served for the set, but, just when he needed it, Bublik forced a break and it went to a tie-break.
Both men struggled to hold serve, and Bublik missed two set points, but then converted the third to take the lead.
The second set saw only the one break of serve which the Kazakh forced in the fifth game, he then saved two break-back points in the next game before going on to clinch the win and move a step closer to reaching his third ATP final.
Chardy Battles His Way to This Stage
Chardy has been handed three two challenges in Antalya and overcome them all.
He began by beating the experienced Moldovan Radu Albot in straight sets, before overcoming the world number 17 and number three seed, Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets, each of which was decided by a tie-break.
That earned him a second round tie against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, seeded five, and it proved to be an epic contest.
It started with both men struggling to hold serve in the first set, and the German eventually clinched it by dint of the fact that he dropped his fewer times than Chardy. The second set went with serve until the tenth game when Chardy forced the break which he consolidated to win the set.
The Frenchman came under immense pressure from Struff in the first game of the first set and had to save six break points before eventually holding serve.
An even longer game three games later saw no fewer than twelve deuce pints before Chardy eventually converted his third break point.
He was unable to hold on to it, however, gave the break back to Struff, and the match went to a tie-break.
The drama was far from over though.
Struff served for the match only for Chardy to save the point. Then it was the turn of Chardy to serve for the match, this time Struff denying him. The German served for the match once more, but again Chardy saved himself. Finally, Chardy got the job done on his second match point.
Bublik v Chardy Prediction and Tip
The two men have had contrasting fortunes to this stage. Bublik has made relatively serene progress whilst Chardy has had to battle his way through. Bublik should be relatively well-rested compared to Chardy, and this, together with his higher world ranking, indicates that he should have the edge.
Tip: Bublik to win in straight sets: 11/10 (bet365)