Defending champion Andrey Rublev will play France’s Adrian Mannarino in a rematch of the 2019 final in the second round of the 2021 ATP Kremlin Cup on Thursday, October 21. Get the live streaming options of this Andrey Rublev v Adrian Mannarino match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Andrey Rublev v Adrian Mannarino Head to Head
Rublev and Mannarino met at this event in 2019, with the Russian emerging triumphant in the title match.
Rublev Seeks Ninth Career Title
Andrey Rublev won the last staging of the Kremlin Cup in 2019, beating Adrian Mannarino in the final in two relatively easy sets. Now the Russian returns to Moscow amid a lot of uncertainty regarding his form in the past couple of months.
Rublev has looked a shadow of the player that bamboozled his opponents and left them for dead in the early part of the season. Since reaching the final of the Cincinnati Masters towards the end of August, Rublev’s sharp nosedive in form has been particularly alarming.
The 24-year-old was sent tumbling in the third round of the US Open by the energetic Frances Tiafoe. And in San Diego, he failed spectacularly at the hands of Cameron Norrie despite being the top seed.
His North American hard-court swing ended in despair as he fell to the rising American star Tommy Paul in the third round. But on the eve of the tournament in Moscow, Rublev is adamant his level will only get better and is pretty happy with where his game is at.
Mannarino Hits Back To Deny Safiullin
Adrian Mannarino summoned the guile and experience in his arsenal to topple wild card Roman Safiullin on Tuesday, winning 1-6 7-6 6-4, in a match that stretched just over two and half hours.
Safiullin was keen to repay the tournament organizers and impress on home soil after being granted a wild card entrant. He mixed up play with some crunch serving, fluid groundstrokes, and some exquisite dropshots from the baseline.
For most of the evening, Mannarino appeared to cut a forlorn figure as he fell behind to the Russian’s brute firepower. Safiullin fired 11 aces and won 70% of first-serve points. He had a match point in the second set tiebreak on Mannarino’s serve, but the Frenchman held his nerve to force a decider.
Mannarino took total control of rallies in the third set, utilizing his sharp, low spinning backhand to move the Russian across the baseline and drawing an error too many. He got the decisive break at 3-3, and went on to consolidate to the end.
Rublev v Mannarino Prediction and Tip
Rublev won quite handsomely in their last meeting at this event. We do expect the Russian to replicate that performance here. His linear precision will be a major headache for Mannarino to combat, and the Frenchman is extremely vulnerable when he hits shots out of his comfort zone.