2020 Adelaide International – Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev taking place? ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland

When is Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev on? Thursday 16th January, 2020 – not before TBD

What channel is Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev? TennisTV subscribers may be able to stream the match via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev? Click here to reach the ticket section of the official ASB Classic website

Who won the last meeting between Daniel Evans vs Andrey Rublev? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DANIEL EVANS

  • Dan Evans’ star continues to rise after possibly his best tournament performance to date came at the ATP Cup, where he lost a close first match with Grigor Dimitrov before three wins helped take Great Britain to the quarter-finals.
  • 29-year-old Evans’ performances against two top 20 players in David Goffin, who later beat Rafael Nadal, and Alex de Minaur suggest the British number one has improved exponentially since the start of last year.
  • 2020 could be the year Evans wins his first ATP title and having reached a career-high 33 in the ATP rankings on Monday, rising a massive nine places from his ATP Cup success, he is just one place away from seeding in the Australian Open.

ANDREY RUBLEV

  • Andrey Rublev might have felt left out by the ATP Cup format that saw Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov represent Russia as higher-ranked players but he went out to Doha with an exemplary attitude to win the first ATP title of the year.
  • Rublev was a spirited and powerful second option for the Russians at the Davis Cup and arguably made a better doubles partnership with Karen Khachanov there than Daniil Medvedev did at the inaugural ATP Cup.
  • Rublev’s third ATP title overall has seen him shoot up to a career-high 18th in the ATP rankings and he seems to be following in the same footsteps as world number four Daniil Medvedev in his application.

THE PREDICTION

Andrey Rublev’s title win in Doha is mightily impressive but his run to the championship was admittedly less challenging than it might have been in previous years, as the inaugural ATP Cup attracted most of the tour’s top players. The youngest of a trio of immensely talented Russians, Rublev looks set to overtake Karen Khachanov at some point this year with his more difficult, awkward playstyle. He faces another star in the ascendancy in 29-year-old Dan Evans who is playing the best tennis of his chequered career, and this will be a massive test of both players’ credentials.

This could go either way and it will be interesting to see how he copes with a player as different as himself. Evans is on a trajectory to some kind of success, and his ATP Cup experience suggests he can work out the way to beat Rublev here.

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