World number 32 Taylor Fritz will take on the 44th-ranked Alexander Bublik in the fourth round of the 2021 Miami Open on Tuesday, March 30. Get the live streaming options of this A v B match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Taylor Fritz v Alexander Bublik Head to Head
There have been two previous matches played between these two players and Bublik has won both times. The first came at the 2019 Chengdu Open where Bublik overcame the loss of the first set to get past Fritz in the first round.
They met again in Adelaide soon after that in 2020 and this time around Bublik was a straight-set winner but not before Fritz had made it difficult for him by pushing him into a tie-breaker in the second set.
Fritz Already at Career-Best in Miami
USA’s Fritz had played in all the previous four editions of the Miami Masters and never gotten himself beyond the second round. This time around, with a first round bye, he had already emulated his previous-best and back to back wins now have taken him to the round of 16, which should boost his ATP rankings to better than his current world number 32 whatever happens from here on.
After facing no real challenge from Marcos Giron in his second round match, Fritz came through in three sets in round three against Briton Cameron Norrie. The match lasted an hour and 53 minutes and for a while it looked like it could be anyone’s game before Fritz came through easily in the third.
Both players got themselves a single break apiece across the first two sets, helping them clinch the set as a result of that. In the third, however, Fritz broke Norrie in the fourth and the sixth game, saved two break-points of his own, squandered away one match-point before coming through 6-1 to win the match.
Can he now continue that form against a player who is a time-time ATP finalist this season already?
Bublik Bounces Duckworth Away
Two matches played, and Bublik has registered back to back straight-set wins over his opponents. He had gone into both those matches, first against Laslo Djere and then against James Duckworth as a favourite and surely enough, he played like one to clinch a fourth round spot in the Miami Masters, his best ever showing here.
Bublik, who had kick-started the season with an appearance in the final of the Antalya Open, and then made it to the final at the ATP Singapore as well late in February, needed an hour and 24 minutes to come through in his third round match against Duckworth.
And it wasn’t all one-way traffic, with the Aussie breaking him early to go 3-1 up in the first set, but Bublik bounced back to level the score at 3-3 and then took the lead by breaking his opponent yet again.
The script followed similar lines in the second set too, with Bublik getting broken first, and then retaliating with back to back breaks to finish off the match.
Now comes his first true test but he would have the confidence coming into this one despite playing against someone ranked higher than him.
Fritz v Bublik Prediction and Tip
Fritz is 8/13 to win this but we see not a lot of difference between these two and the match could also get quite close as a result. A three-setter looks likely but for a lesser risky option you could look at the over-games market.
Tip: Over 22.5 games in the match: 4/5 (bet365)