Andrey Rublev vs. Norbert Gombos - 2020 Vienna Open First Round
Monday October 26th, 2020 / 12:30pm EST
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Fifth seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia faces Norbert Gombos of Slovakia in the First Round of the 2020 Vienna Open in Austria. The match will take place on Monday October 26th at 12:30pm EST. This seems like a mismatch on paper with the Russian ranked at #10 and Gombos outside the top 100. Can he cause the upset here?
Andrey Rublev has been one of the top players during the 2020 season. He has had some fantastic results with a 34-7 win-loss record and winning four titles (the most on the ATP Tour). He is entering this tournament fresh from winning the title in St. Petersburg and will be expecting another dominant performance here in Vienna. He is a hugely intense and powerful player that uses his forehand to dictate play from the baseline and dominate his opponents. The Russian will be extra motivated as he is in pole position to earn a spot in the year-end ATP Finals. Rublev is relentless with his intensity and never gives points away. He has won over 80% of points on serve this year and is also one of the ace leaders on tour in 2020. He is supremely confident at the moment and will expect a big week here.
Norbert Gombos has been around for a long time but mainly plays on the Challenger circuit. He has had mixed results this year, recently making it to the Third Round at Roland Garros, upsetting Borna Coric in the First Round. He subsequently lost in Qualifying at the Cologne Championships last week and was a qualifier here in Vienna. He is a typical Challenger Tour player, with solid groundstrokes but without a real weapon that is necessary when playing these top players. Surprisingly he leads the head to head over Rublev but their only meeting came years ago when the Russian was only 18.
Given Rublev's form and the year that he had there can be only one winner in this match. He has been dominant all year and is a top 10 player for a reason. He will cruise to victory here and is certainly a top favorite for the title here in Austria. Andrey Rublev to win in straight sets and advance to the Round of 16.