World number seven Andrey Rublev plays the 42nd-ranked Jan- Lennard Struff in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Jan-Lennard Struff match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Jan-Lennard Struff Head to Head
Rublev leads the head-to-head 2-1. The players have met twice this year already, at the ATP Cup in January and the Rome Masters earlier this month. The Russian prevailed in close deciders on both occassions.
Rublev Looking To Carry Consistent Form To Deep Run At Major
After a phenomenal 2020 winning five titles, making his first ever Tour Finals and breaking into the top eight in the ATP rankings, Rublev continued his strong run of form at the start of the season too, leading Russia to the finals of the ATP Cup. The Russian was in ominous form at the Australian Open too, until the quarter-finals where he ran into compatriot Daniil Medvedev and lost in straight sets.
Rublev added to his title count at Rotterdam winning another ATP 500, but despite several strong runs thereafter (Doha, Dubai. Miami), he fell short on each occasion in the semi-finals.
Having won the ATP 500 on the Hamburg clay last year, Rublev started the clay season looking confident defeating Rafa Nadal at Monte Carlo and making the finals, but falling short against first time Masters 1000 winner Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Russian fell in the Barcelona quarter-finals against Jannik Sinner and had a disappointing loss early in Madrid to big serving American John Isner.
Rublev looked sharp at the Masters 1000 in Rome after close matches against Struff and Roberto Bautista Agut, but fell at the hands of the in-form local Lorenzo Sonego in the final eight.
The Russian has been consistent and was a quarter-finalist at the last three majors in New York, Paris and Melbourne and will be really hoping to push it further and leave a mark at the second major of 2021.
None Too Impressive Clay Season For Struff
The 2021 season has not been one of particular success for 31-year-old German Jan-Lennard Struff. The 30-year-old German right-hander began the season with a quarterfinal finish in Antalya and by winning two and losing one at the ATP Cup. The rest of the indoor and hard court season was dismal with early losses through the Miami Masters.
It was not the most consistent of runs on the slower dirt for the German either. Across the three Masters 1000s he won only one match (at Rome). But, put up a better showing at Sardegna and Munich where he made the quarter-finals and the finals respectively, losing both times to Georgian Nikoloz Basilasvhili.
Struff’s best Grand Slam outing was at the French Open in 2019 where he made the final 16 losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic. With a career high ranking of 29th in the world right before the pandemic hiatus in 2020, the German has been on a decline in recent times and is ranked just within the top 50 now.
Rublev v Struff Prediction and Tip
Struff definitely makes for a difficult opening round opponent for Rublev and not one he will take lightly. However, Rublev has been in consistent touch ever since the restart of the season in the Fall of last year. Struff on the other hand has had a mixed year and an unimpressive clay run for a good part of the season.
Expect Rublev to win a comfortable three-setter.