Tennys Sandgren vs. Andrey Rublev - 2020 Hamburg Open First Round
Monday, September 21 2020
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Andrey Rublev meets Tennys Sangren in the first round of the 2020 Hamburg Open on Monday, September 21st 2020. Will Rublev bounce back after a tough loss to Hubert Hurkacz in Rome, or will the veteran Sandgren pull off a shocking upset?
Tennys Sandgren has struggled in the last few weeks, losing his first round match at the Rome Masters 1000 in a match where he was the big favourite against Caruso. Sandgren is a player to look out for however as he can have supernatural performances sometimes and push even the best players to their limit. We saw that at the Australian Open earlier this year when he was so close to beating Roger Federer but just came short when Federer found a miracle of a performance to get himself back in that match. Sandgren will be looking at this match as a way to get some more minutes under his belt on clay before Roland Garros next week.
Andrey Rublev will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Hurbert Hurkacz in the second round in Rome last week. Rublev is a tough player to beat and he will be dissapointed with his performance as he knows he can play much better than that. Rublev will be looking at the players in the draw here and he will definitely tell himself that he can win the title here if he puts on a very solid performance in all of his matches. Rublev will be focused and determined here.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players and it is experience against youth. However, Tennys Sandgren's experience is not of being one of the top players in the world. I expect Rublev to want to bounce back here in style and get some momentum going in this tournament before he heads off to Paris later in the week to make sure he has a solid time at Roland Garros. This might be a 3-setter, but I think Rublev will win it either if it goes the distance as his firepower and accuracy is better than Sandgren.