Andrey Rublev vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Flushing Meadows)
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Greek sensation, Stefanos Tsitsipas will begin his 2019 US Open campaign against Andrey Rublev from Russia.
Andrey Rublev has been in outstanding form as he has had a very strong North American leg. Rublev played well at the Winston-Salem Open and at the Cincinnati Masters. His campaign at the Cincinnati Masters was especially impressive since Rublev defeated Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Rublev also made the final of the German Open at the end of July. Considering his recent form, Andrey Rublev will be confident although this is expected to be a tough match as he is playing against the number 8 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Stefanos Tsitsipas has struggled in his last 2 tournaments. Tsitsipas failed to win a match at the Cincinnati Masters and the Rogers Cup. That being said, Stefanos Tsitsipas had a very strong Citi Open where he made the final. The US Open has not been a strong tournament for Stefanos Tsitsipas as he has never made it past the second round. Despite that record, Tsitsipas will be optimistic as he has had a strong 2019 season which has included a semifinal appearance at the Australian Open. Stefanos Tsitsipas had made 4 ATP finals in 2019 so he should be confident in his ability to perform well at the US Open.
Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have played each other once in the past at a full ATP event. The match was in 2018 at the ATP Next Gen Finals where Tsitsipas won.
Andrey Rublev will be very confident following his recent success but I see the Russian losing this match. Stefanos Tsitsipas has been elevated himself to an elite level in 2019 and he will be feeling good following a strong Citi Open campaign. This should be a close match but I see Stefanos Tsitsipas being too good for Andrey Rublev.