Andrey Rublev vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
|Date & Time||Friday November 9, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev meet in the semifinals in the 2018 tennis Next Generation ATP Finals.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Hubert Hurkacz that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 80 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 70 percent of his total service points and saved all five of his break points. Tsitsipas has now won seven straight sets this tournament and is two wins away from not only champing the tournament, but also earning a bonus by going undefeated. Tsitsipas has really taken his level of play to new heights the last couple of months and is going to be a player to keep a close eye on next year, as he’s starting to find himself and increased confidence. Tsitsipas has won five of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
Andrey Rublev is coming off a straight sets win over Liam Caruana that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Rublev won 85 percent of his first serve points and 33 percent of his second serve points. Rublev won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. Rublev has played 12 sets to get to this point, and while it’s not that encouraging, he is coming off his best performance of the tournament. Rublev has give himself 10 break points in his last two matches, which is impressive given the shorter sets in this tournament. Rublev has to be sharper with his second serve if he’s going to stand a chance in this match. Rublev has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two played once, which was in challenger play in 2017, a match Rublev won in three sets. The match took 30 games to be decided.
I said from the beginning that this is Tsitsipas’ tournament to lose, and he’s done nothing but prove why he should be considered the favorite. Rublev has struggled in a fairly easy bracket and isn’t getting much on his second serve.
There’s no reason Tsitsipas shouldn’t win this match in straight sets, inching closer to a title and an undefeated prize bonus.