Taylor Fritz vs Andrey Rublev
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 6, 2018, 10:30 AM (EST)|
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Taylor Fritz will play Andrey Rublev in the first round of matches at the 2018 ATP Next Gen Finals.
Taylor Fritz enters this tournament is decent form as he managed to make it into the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open. Fritz served very well during his Swiss Open campaign as he averaged almost 8 aces per match which contributed to him only lost 4 service games in the entire tournament. The biggest problem for Fritz has been his ability to win return games against quality servers. In his last 3 defeats, Fritz has averaged less than 1 return game won per match. Considering Fritz will be playing an exceptional server in Rublev, it is going to be hard for the American to win return games.
On the other side of the court, Andrey Rublev enters this tournament having finished second at this event 12 months ago. It has been a decent season for Rublev as he finished second at the Qatar Open while also making multiple semifinals at tournaments including the ATP Washington Open. Similar to Taylor Fritz, Rublev’s biggest asset has also been his serve as he showed in his last win where he won all of his service games. Rublev has a great record at this tournament and he will hope that experience can give him an advantage at this tournament.
Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev have played once in the past which was at this season’s ATP Indian Wells Open. In that match, Taylor Fritz beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets.
This should be a very close match as both Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev are very evenly matched. I am going to pick Andrey Rublev to win this match. Rublev has the experience of finishing second at this event which should give him enough confidence to get the victory.