Top gun Andrey Rublev will be looking to continue his hot streak when he takes on a resurgent Kevin Anderson for a place in the final of the Vienna Open on Saturday.
Rublev has enjoyed a breakout season on the ATP tour. The Russian started 2020 with two titles and a run to the Australian Open fourth round, before the tour was suspended due to the pandemic. But since the resumption of tennis, the Russian has showcased an even better version of himself.
Armed with a bigger serve and steadier groundstrokes than before, Rublev has reached two Majors quarterfinals and won two ATP 500 titles over the last couple of months. He is now seeking his fifth title of 2020 in Vienna. After swatting aside Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos in his opener, the World No. 8 was expected to face tough competition against rising star Jannik Sinner in the Round of 16.
However, Sinner was forced to retire in the opening set due to a foot injury. Rublev would then meet defending champion Dominic Thiem in the last eight, where he completely dominated the Austrian.
If Rublev intends to extend his winning streak at ATP 500 level to 14 matches, he will have to beat 2018 champion Kevin Anderson in the semifinals. The former World No. 5 has had a rather demoralizing time on tour over the last year or so. The big-serving South African, who was forced to end his 2019 season early after an injury at Wimbledon, started 2020 by exiting early at the Australian Open and the New York 250.
Andrey Rublev and Kevin Anderson are tied 1-1 in their head-to-head. The two faced each other recently at the French Open, with Rublev dropping just eight games in a lopsided contest.
Prediction: Rublev to win in straight sets.