2021 Australian Open Quarter-Final – Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev on and what time does it start? Wednesday 17th February, 2021 – not before 04:00 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev? Click here to reach the official 2021 Australian Open ticket selection

What channel is Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev on? The 2021 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Andrey Rublev vs Daniil Medvedev 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

THE LOWDOWN

ANDREY RUBLEV

  • World number eight Andrey Rublev has been sensational as usual so far at the Australian Open, storming through his first four matches without dropping a set to reach the quarter-finals.
  • Rublev won the joint-most matches in a disrupted 2020 last season with a record of 41-10 and was out on his own on five ATP titles to Novak Djokovic’s four.
  • The 23-year-old is no stranger to having his set broken in these straight-set performances but the tenacity with which he fights back to more often than not immediately break back is something to behold.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev was able to bounce back from a couple of poor rounds by his lofty standards to beat round of 16 opponent Mackenzie McDonald in comfortable straight sets.
  • World number four Medvedev was a US Open runner-up in 2019 to Rafael Nadal in five incredible sets of tennis and it is only a matter of time before he betters that with a first Grand Slam title.
  • The Russian number one has never lost to Russian number two Andrey Rublev with three straight-sets wins out of three at the Cincinnati Open and St. Petersburg Open in 2019 and last year’s US Open quarter-final.

THE PREDICTION

This will be an incredible match of tennis between friends and compatriots Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, who only just won the ATP Cup for Russia together less than two weeks ago. Rublev has never beaten Medvedev in three previous meetings, let alone taken a set off the world number four. The younger Russian is an absolute flat track bully of the highest regard but has often been founding wanting, so far, against the very top of the sport. Medvedev is in some ways the antithesis of this, able to beat the very best in the game without sometimes looking like he is trying whilst certainly capable of taking his eye off the match against lower-ranked foes. His dominance over Rublev, then, is consistent with their career characteristics so far. Medvedev is an overall better player than Rublev, but Rublev certainly has the fiercer, tougher determination about him that has and will make him a prolific ATP title collector. This match, as with all of Daniil Medvedev’s matches, will be up to him and him alone. If eh comes out on court in the form that has seen him win his last three tournaments at the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and ATP Cup alongside Rublev, this will probably be another straight-sets win over his friend for a fourth time. If this match were a three-set affair Rublev would have more of a chance at the upset but there is room here, if Medvedev needs it, to recalibrate if he goes a set down.

Neither player really cares about whether a crowd is present or not, but Medvedev in particular is a machine when on song and has won the two previous tournaments in empty arenas. That experience could help him further here. You simply must watch this battle between Medvedev’s sorcery and Rublev’s ferocity. The younger plays tennis like his life depends on it and the elder like a video game, capable of shots that toy with the laws of physics. For now, at this stage of their careers, this is Medvedev’s to lose. He should take the first set and win this match by any amount, though three is fairly likely.

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