Tommy Paul vs. Alexander Bublik - 2021 Rotterdam Open Second Round
Thursday, March 4th 2021
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Alexander Bublik meets Tommy Paul in the second round of the 2021 Rotterdam Open on Thursday, March 4th 2021.
Will Tommy Paul be able to stop the extremely in form Alexander Bublik on Thursday and book a spot in the quarter finals, or will Alexander Bublik continue to impress the tennis world?
Tommy Paul beat Lorenzo Sonego in the first round here at the 2021 Rotterdam Open, beating the Italian in straight sets 6-4/7-6. Paul loves playing in these indoor hard court conditions, and over the last year, he has shown us that he is a staple player who consistently reaches the second round or quarterfinals in these tournaments. Paul will now face a very tough opponent in Alexander Bublik, but he will also be more happy than disappointed as he is not meeting Alexander Zverev. Can Tommy Paul cause the upset here and make his way to the quarter finals?
Alexander Bublik is coming off the biggest victory of his career, beating the world no.7 and no.3 seed here in Rotterdam, Alexander Zverev, in straight sets 7-5/6-3. As I had predicted in that match, Zverev chocked at many moments throughout, and Bublik took advantage of everything that was presented to him. Bublik made the Final of Singapore last week and he has continued to perform strongly here. Bublik seems to have finally started to take his tennis seriously, and this is a great sign for the ATP Tour as he is one of the most naturally talented players out there.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and it is definitely going to be a very entertaining and tight matchup in the second round. Tommy Paul will be happy he's not facing Alexander Zverev here, but he needs to remember that Bublik is a very dangerous opponent and he can beat anyone outside the top 10 on his day. I expect this to be a back and forth match, and most likely not a straight sets victory for either player. Alexander Bublik has the edge here due to his performance against Zverev, and I see him making his way to the quarter finals.