World No. 5, and top seed, Andrey Rublev of Russia, will take on Brandon Nakashima of the USA, the world number 83, in the second round of the 2021 San Diego Open on Wednesday, September 29. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Brandon Nakashima match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Brandon Nakashima Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 23-year old Russian, and the American, who is three years younger.
Rublev’s Fine Year on Tour
Rublev has enjoyed a highly successful year, reaching four senior ATP finals, winning in Rotterdam, and finishing runner-up in three other tournaments, including two Masters events, Monte Carlo, and Cincinnati.
He also won gold in the Mixed Doubles at the Summer Olympics with partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
And he also reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-fianl in Melbourne earlier this year, before losing to compatriot, Daniil Medvedev, and got to the fourth round of Wimbledon.
All that has seen him rise to his highest ever career ranking and guaranteed him a place in the season ending ATP finals in Turin.
After reaching the third round of the US Open, he played for Team Europe in the Laver Cup last week, and won his only single match, beating Diego Schwartzman in three sets.
He was given a bye in the first round courtesy of his top seeding in San Diego.
Nakashima Has Already Booked His Spot in Milan
Nakashima also has an appointment in Italy at the end of the season, this time un Milan, having booked his place in the ATP NextGen Finals for the best young players on tour.
And that is largely due to his form on the American hard court circuit, beginning in Los Cabos where he reached his first senior ATP final before losing to Cameron Norrie.
He reached his second successive final in Atlanta, losing on that occasion to John Isner.
A third round appearance in Washington followed, and, although he lost his opening round meeting in Cincinnati, he gained revenge over Isner by beating him in their opening round match at the US Open. Nakashima would then have been disappointed to go out of his home Grand Slam to the Slovak qualifier, Alex Molcan, losing in five sets.
However, he added to his growing reputation by upsetting the world number 31, Fabio Fognini of Italy in the first round here on Tuesday.
Fognini took the first set on a tie-break, but Nakashima hit back to level, taking the second set for the loss of just one game.
And, in the third set, despite dropping his serve in the opening game, he got the match back to all-square again, and Fognini managed to save two match points. However, serving to stay in the match for the second time, the Italian faltered, offered another match point, and this time Nakashima took it.
Rublev v Nakashima Prediction and Tip
Nakashima has proved he is no respecter of reputations this year, so Rublev will need to be on his guard, but the Russian has become one of the top players in the world, and should be able to deal with the threat posed by the American>