Feliciano Lopez vs. Andrey Rublev - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Third Round
Saturday, February 13 2021
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Andrey Rublev (7) meets Feliciano Lopez in the third round of the 2021 Australian Open on Saturday, February 13th 2021.
Will Feliciano Lopez have enough after an incredibly physically demanding matchup in the second round which went all the way to 5 sets, or will Andrey Rublev continue to cruise through his matches here in Australia?
Feliciano Lopez played an incredible match on Thursday in the second round, beating the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in 5 sets, coming back from 2 sets down 5-7/3-6/6-3/7-5/6-4. Lopez was down and out in those first two sets, but the experience of the 40 year old proved amazing as he was able to maintain his composure and get himself back in the match. Lopez will have to ensure he is able to recover fast enough to get his game back up to speed for what is going to be an even tougher match both physically and mentally against Andrey Rublev.
Andrey Rublev continues to cruise through all of his matches here in Australia and is on a 6-0 winning streak at the moment. Rublev is an exceptional player, and he can dominate everyone on the ATP Tour if he is playing his best tennis. Rublev is the man of the moment, and he is proving it to us that he was not just a one season wonder. Rublev came through an easy second round victory over Thiago Monteiro, beating the Brazilian in straight sets 6-4/6-4/7-6. Will Rublev continue to dominate here, or will we see a shocking loss?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and unfortunately for Feliciano Lopez, this is going to be a straight sets domination by Andrey Rublev to book his spot in the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open. Feliciano Lopez has played two very physical matches in his time here, and the nearly 40 years old Lopez takes long to get his body going after such tough encounters. On the other hand, Andrey Rublev dominates from the first to the last point ever since the start of the 2020 season, and I expect the same here. Andrey Rublev in straight sets.