Next Gen superstars Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will clash in the finals of the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, April 18th. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Stefanos Tsitsipas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head
The players have met six times thus far and the head-t0-head is tied at 3-3. Since the pandemic hiatus in 2020, they have met four times and that is also tied at 2-2. While Rublev won at Hamburg and Rotterdam, Tsitsipas prevailed at the French Open and the ATP Tour Finals in London.
Red Hot Rublev Seeks First Masters 1000 Title
Andrey Rublev has been in phenomenal form of late, winning five titles in 2020, making his first ever Tour Finals and breaking into the top eight in the ATP rankings. He continued his strong run of form at the start of the season too, leading Russia to the finals of the ATP Cup, and was in ominous form at the Australian Open, until the quarter-finals where he ran into compatriot Daniil Medvedev and lost in straight sets.
The Russian added to his title count at Rotterdam winning another ATP 500, and looked the favorite in both the tournaments in the Middle-East, at Doha and Dubai as well at the Miami Open Masters 1000. But, surprise semi-final defeats to Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha and Aslan Karatsev in Dubai derailed his season ever so slightly, followed by another semi-final loss to eventual Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz.
Having won the ATP 500 on the Hamburg clay last year, Rublev started the clay season looking confident as he recorded a convincing opening win against Salvatore Caruso. Running into Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut who has been playing some good tennis this year as well, the Russian had his hands full winning the match in a decider, setting himself up for the toughest task yet of his career, i.e. playing Rafa Nadal on a clay court, this time at Monte Carlo.
Against all odds, Rublev was off to an explosive start against Nadal breaking twice in the first set to capture the set 6-2. The Russian got the early break in the second set as well and at 4-2, looked all set for an unbelievable straight sets win. However, a Nadal fightback was always on the cards, and he came back strong to break Rublev twice and win the second set 6-4. There was no letting go of the Rublev momentum however, as he broke Nadal multiple times in the third set to prevail 6-2.
Up against young Casper Ruud in the semis, another Next Gen who has looked in imperious form this week with some noteworthy wins, Rublev continued his relentless form, with a 6-3 win in the opening set, followed by a tighter second set which he claimed 7-5.
Tsitsipas In Search of Titles To Top Up Good Season
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been on a good run in the 2021 season thus far. Winning both his matches at the ATP Cup, he made it to the final eight at the Australian Open where he defeated world number two Rafael Nadal after being down two sets to love, before a straight sets defeat in the semi-finals at the hands of Daniil Medvedev.
He had a good run at the Rotterdam ATP 500 making the semi-finals before losing to the in-form red hot Andrey Rublev who went on to win his fourth consecutive ATP 500 tournament. Going for a record three-Pete at Marseille, Tsitsipas had an early exit losing in the quarters to Pierre-Hugues Herbert who went on to make the finals. Another good run at the Acupulco Open saw the young Greek make the finals and he looked in control against Alexander Zverev up 4-1 in the first set, but a turnaround of events saw the German win in two tight sets.
Tsitsipas again looked good in Miami, before he lost control of his match against Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who eventually went on to win the title.
A Madrid Masters finalist in 2019, having defeated Rafa Nadal en route, Tsitsipas is no stranger to the clay, and started off well here in Monte Carlo with convincing wins against Aslan Karatsev and Cristain Garin. Up against another clay courter in Alejandro Fokina, the Greek was up a set before the young Spaniard pulled out, ensuring that Tsitsipas made it to the final four with ample gas in the tank and ready for more difficult challenges this weekend.
Playing British number one Dan Evans in the finals, who himself has been on a run defeating Novak Djokovic earlier this week, Tsitsipas was at his fluent best prevailing 6-2, 6-1, and into the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Continuing his good season, what is really lacking for the Greek is titles and a Masters 1000 in the bag will really do wonders for his resume and his confidence.
Rublev v Tsitsipas Prediction and Tip
The last few matches between these two players have been tight contests and this promises to be no less. While Tsitsipas has not yet been tested this week, Rublev has continued his excellent run and looked invincible.
Another tight battle on the cards, but Rublev can be expected to prevail in three sets.
Tip: Rublev to win in three sets: 10/3 (bet365)