Yannick Hanfmann vs. Andrey Rublev - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles First Round
Tuesday, February 9 2021
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Andrey Rublev looks to continue his total domination as he meets Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the 2021 Australian Open on Tuesday, February 9th 2021. Will Hanfmann be able to cause what would be the most shocking upset, or will Andrey Rublev continue to demolish all of his opponents?
Yannick Hanfmann is a very good player in early rounds of smaller tournaments, and Challenger Tour tournaments, as we have seen throughout 2020, beating the likes of Gael Monfils. However, Hanfmann is more of a clay courter, which is quite shocking for such a tall player. Hanfmann is not as fast as he can be on hard courts and he struggles in long rallies on these surfaces. Hanfmann will have to hope for a very solid performance here f he is to get anything out of this match, however, even at his 100% he will not have enough to get anything going against one of the best players in the world at the moment, Andrey Rublev.
Andrey Rublev has been playing exceptionally well recently, going undefeated at the 2021 ATP Cup, and only losing 1 set along the way. Rublev is just coming off of a straight sets victory against Fabio Fognini in the final of the ATP Cup, beating the Italian 6-1/6-2. Rublev is a man on a mission at the moment, and it will take an extremely big effort by anyone to stop him. Rublev loves playing in these conditions, and he unsettles his opponents with his powerful and continuous groundstrokes.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and unfortunately for Yannick Hanfmann, he will be packing his bags not long after this match. Hanfmann does not have the game to deal with the power and aggression of Andrey Rublev. Rublev is going to come out here, and dominate from the first point. I expect this to be a very fast match, and one in which Hanfmann will not have the time to even think before he does anything as Rublev plays at an extremely fast pace. Andrey Rublev to win in straight sets.