Russian number five seed Andrey Rublev plays Argentine veteran Federico Delbonis in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Monday, June 28. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Federico Delbonis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Fedrico Delbonis Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the players on the tour.
Rublev Hoping To Build On Good Run At Halle
Andrey Rublev had 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, winning the Rotterdam ATP 500, and making the semi-finals and quarter-finals of a number of tournaments, including the Aussie Open final eight.
Despite strong runs at several tournaments, it was disappointing for Rublev to fall short in the final four at Doha, Dubai and Miami. When he started his clay season defeating none other than Rafa Nadal in Monte Carlo, it looked like he was in for a good run and while he did well, he fell short of a title run at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Having been consistent and a quarter-finalist at the last three majors in New York, Paris and Melbourne, he was hoping for a better run at Roland Garros this time, but a shock first round defeat at the hands of German Dan-Lennard Struff put an anti-climactic end to his campaign on the clay.
Rublev has evolved immensely as a player since the tour was last on grass in 2019. Having not been past the second round at Wimbledon in 2017 and 2019, when he was still an amateur to the tour and then recovering from a long injury lay-off, the Russian was looking for a better swing this time as he started his grass swing over at Halle.
It was another good run for the Russian at an ATP 500 defeating the likes of Phil Kohlschreiber and Nikoloz Basilashvili, but fell short of the title at the hands of young Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
Delbonis Yet To Win A Match At Wimbledon
Argentina’s Federico Delbonis entered the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career earlier this month as he made the final 16 at the French Open defeating the likes of Fabio Fognini en route, before he fell at the hands of rising Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
A two-time winner on the tour, the 30-year-old Argentine has had a strong 2021 season, having reached his first-ever Masters quarterfinal in Rome. He also reached the third round of the Madrid Masters for the first time, having come through qualifiers in both the tournaments. Delbonis also reached the semifinals in Santiago and Belgrade and the quarterfinals of the Serbia Open.
However, grass has never been his favorite surface as he has not managed to go past the opening round at Wimbledon in five attempts now. With a shorter break between Roland Garros and the grass slam this time, Delbonis comes to Wimbledon with no match practice on grass and an opener against the likes of Rublev is not what he would have hoped for.
Rublev v Delbonis Prediction and Tip
While neither player has met with much success on grass, Delbonis through his relatively longer career has never managed to succeed on the surface. Rublev on the other hand is a different player to the last grass swing in 2019, and has been on a good run for the last year or so and had a good run at Halle.
Expect the Russian to prevail comfortably in straight sets.