2020 Australian Open – Yuichi Sugita vs Andrey Rublev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Yuichi Sugita vs Andrey Rublev taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Yuichi Sugita vs Andrey Rublev on and what time does it start? Thursday 23rd January, 2020 – not before 02:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Yuichi Sugita vs Andrey Rublev? Cloudy with a chance of rain, 22c

What channel is Yuichi Sugita 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 Yuichi Sugita 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 Yuichi Sugita vs Andrey Rublev? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Yuichi Sugita and Andrey Rublev? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

YUICHI SUGITA

  • 31-year-old Yuichi Sugita came through an easy first-round match over Elliot Benchetrit in straight sets, managing to win a remarkable 11 games in a row as he handed the Frenchman a second-set bagel.
  • The Japanese has reached this stage of the Australian open just once before, where he lost to Croatia’s big-serving giant Ivo Karlovic in five gruelling sets back in 2018.
  • The world number 91 won a couple of Challenger events last year and managed to reach the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open where he lost to the eventual champion Denis Shapovalov.

ANDREY RUBLEV

  • World number 16 Andrey Rublev admitted that he was tired after his four-set victory over Aussie wildcard Christopher O’Connell in the first round, losing the second set to love before coming back to win.
  • It is not surprising the 22-year-old is tired as he comes into the Australian Open following back-to-back title wins at the Qatar Open and Adelaide International, beating Corentin Moutet and Lloyd Harris respectively.
  • This means that Rublev is currently on a 13-match winning streak and in the kind of form that saw his compatriot Daniil Medvedev make seven consecutive finals last season.

THE PREDICTION

There seems to be no stopping Andrey Rublev right now as he targets his 14th consecutive match win here and Yuichi Sugita will meet a high-speed train when he takes to court on Thursday. The young Russian is out of the doubles at the first-round stage which should benefit his recovery after two consecutive title wins this year, but his fitness must be maintained as he makes his way through the draw. Sugita could take a set if Rublev tires but this will more than likely end in three.

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