2020 Australian Open – David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev on and what time does it start? Saturday 25th January, 2020 – not before 02:45 (UK)

What is the expected weather for David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev? Partly cloudy, 25c

What channel is David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for David Goffin vs Andrey Rublev? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between David Goffin and Andrey Rublev? Andrey Rublev beat David Goffin 7-5, 7-6, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

DAVID GOFFIN

  • David Goffin was pushed hard by Pierre-Hugues Herbert in their second round match and after taking the first two sets the Belgian number one needed a deciding set to win.
  • The 29-year-old recently beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the ATP Cup in what was a masterful performance, with consistency his main issue.
  • Goffin surprisingly lost to a 19-year-old Andrey Rublev in the round of 16 of the US Open back in 2017 in what is their only previous meeting to date.

ANDREY RUBLEV

  • 17th-seed Andrey Rublev is on a tear at the beginning of 2020 and his second-round straight-sets victory over Yuichi Sugita was his 14th win in a row dating back to the Davis Cup finals.
  • The Russian youngster doubled his total ATP titles haul to four by winning the first two tournaments of the year at the Qatar Open and Adelaide International.
  • Rublev has not faced a player of David Goffin’s standard for some time though, but if he can come through this third round match he will fancy his chances at beating one of Fernando Verdasco and Alexander Zverev.

THE PREDICTION

This will be a must-watch match between two vastly different players and could go the distance in the third round. David Goffin is one of the most graceful players out there and works the angles in such a way that could torment Andrey Rublev into errors, but the Russian’s game can overpower Goffin just as easily. At a tournament that has already seen so many five-set slogs, this looks to be one that hits the three-hour mark. If a winner must be called, Rublev has the form behind him to make it 15 in a row here, but Goffin will be his toughest match for months.

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