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Dan Hunter 06 Mar 2021
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Andrey Rublev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Tips 


On Saturday March 6, second-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on 4th seed Andrey Rublev for a place in Sunday’s final at the ATP event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Both players are currently ranked in the ATP top10, and both men have made impressive starts to the new tennis season. 

Tsitsipas has had three tough matches en-route to the semis, and his quarterfinal against Karen Khachanov was an epic three setter which he won 4-6 6-3 7-5, blasting 46 winners and coming back from an almost 4-1 final set deficit. Rublev hadn’t dropped a set prior to his quarterfinal against Jeremy Chardy, but the Frenchman made him work hard for his 7-6 6-7 6-4 victory. 

I’m backing world no.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas to defeat Andrey Rublev in three hard sets to reach his first ATP final of 2021. 

  • Tsitsipas is ranked 6th on ATP tour
  • Tsitsipas reached semis at Australian Open 
  • Rublev ranked 7th on ATP tour
  • Rublev is 11-1 in 2021

Head to Head


Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have played each other five times, with Tsitsipas leading their head-to-head 3-2. They met three times in 2020, with Rublev defeating Tsitsipas in the final of the ATP event in Hamburg on clay, and the Greek star hit back with wins over Rublev at the French Open and at the end of season ATP Finals, where Tsitsipas won their most recent match 6-1 4-6 7-6. 

Andrey Rublev Form 


Andrey Rublev has been in excellent form this season, as his record of 11-1 would attest. He began by winning four matches in February, representing Russia at the ATP Cup. Rublev then reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, going down to fellow Russian and eventual finalist Daniil Medvedev. 

At Rotterdam, Rublev defeated American Marcos Giron in straight sets in his opening match, and then eliminated former world no.1 and triple slam winner Andy Murray 7-5 6-2. Rublev was made to work against Jeremy Chardy in the quarterfinals before coming through 7-6 6-7 6-4. 

As a tennis player, the 23-year old, 6’2” Rublev is a touch one-dimensional, but he serves big, crushes his ground strokes, and can blow anyone off the court on his day. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas Form 


Already Greece’s greatest ever tennis player, 22-year old Tsitsipas has started his 2021 campaign brightly, winning two matches at the ATP Cup and then reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open. Like Andrey Rublev, Tsitsipas has an 11-1 record thus far this season, and he is chasing his first ATP final appearance of the year. 

Tsitsipas first came to the attention of sports fans around the world when he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2019 aged 20, beating Roger Federer but losing to Rafael Nadal. Since then he has made significant improvements to his game, and that was reflected by his first ever win over Nadal in the AO quarterfinals this year. 

At the Rotterdam ATP event this week, Tsitsipas has had to work hard in all three of his matches, particularly his quarterfinal against Russian giant Karen Khachanov. Khachanov had three points for a double break and a 4-1 lead in the final set, but Tsitsipas battled back to take the match 4-6 6-3 7-5. 

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Verdict

With both Rublev and Tsitsipas sporting identical 11-1 records coming into this game, it’s not quite a case of “somebody’s “O” has got to go” but it’s close. Both players are in great form, and based off their head-to-head and how close their matches tend to be, this looks set to be a thrilling semifinal.
 
I’m backing Tsitsipas to defeat Rublev over three sets to reach Sunday’s final. My reasoning is that the Greek is a better athlete and has more variety to his game than Rublev. The Russian hits hard and serves big, but so does Tsitsipas, and he also varies his shots and comes to the net. Tsitsipas to win this match in three sets.
Best Bet: Tsitsipas Winner @-136.99 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: 3 Sets Total Sets @138.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Tsitsipas 2-1 Set Betting @300.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: WLW Tsitsipas Set Exacta @700.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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