Fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia will meet No. 26 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy in the third round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Thursday, July 2. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Fabio Fognini match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Fabio Fognini Head to Head
This will be an eighth meeting between the two and Fognini has a 5-2 head-to-head lead.
They met once in 2021, with Rublev winning the ATP Cup match with ease.
Fognini beat Rublev twice in 2015, once in 2018 and twice in 2019. Rublev’s only other win came in Umag in 2017.
Rublev Hustles Past Harris
World No. 7 and fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia moved into the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career after he made quick work of South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in the second round on Wednesday.
The Russian needed just an hour and 22 minutes to dispatch Harris 6-1, 6-2, 7-5. In what was a commanding performance, the 23-year-old won 83% first-serve points, broke his opponent six times and struck 24 winners. Harris had just one break point in the match, which he converted.
Rublev, who was knocked out in the first round of the French Open, survived scare in the first round, when Argentina’s Federico Delbonis took the first set in the match. But the Russian rebounded for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win in two hours and 15 minutes.
Rublev had solid preparations ahead of Wimbledon, reaching his first ever final on grass at Halle, but couldn’t win the title as he went down to Ugo Humbert.
Rublev is 29-3 in ATP 500 tournaments since the resumption of play following last year’s suspension. Overall, the Russian is 35-10 this year, winning the title in Rotterdam and finishing runner-up in Monte-Carlo and Halle.
Fognini Knocks Out Djere
Facing Rublev in the next round will be Italy’s Fabio Fognini, as the 26th seed defeated Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the second round on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Italian, who has never gone past the third round at Wimbledon, made it to the Round of 32 for the sixth time in his career with a 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory over the World No. 55 in two hours and 15 minutes.
The World No. 31 had beaten Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 64 in the opening round on Monday.
A nine-time champion on the tour, Fognini improved to 17-14 this year. Among his notable performances this year, he played for Italy in the finals at the ATP Cup, reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and was a quarterfinalist at the Monte-Carlo Open, two years after winning the title in 2019.
Rublev v Fognini Prediction and Tip
Fognini has a superior head-to-head record, but given Rublev’s form and how he’s evolved as a player over the last two years, it will be a massive challenge for the Italian to beat the Russian. Expect Fognini to win a set but Rublev to move into the next round.