This will be the third meeting between these two players. Andrey Rublev has won both previous matches, the last one on clay.
This is the first time that Tommy Paul and Andrey Rublev participate in the main draw of this Spanish Masters 1000.
In this edition
In the 1st round, Tommy Paul won in two sets against Pedro Martinez.
Andrey Rublev, for his part, took advantage of his ranking to skip the first round. He will make his debut in the competition against the American.
Tommy Paul won his first match against Pedro Martinez. The American played the way he knows how, but the Spanish player had great difficulty. He made a lot of faults and Paul quickly understood that he just had to send the ball inside the court to win points. Frustrating.
Andrey Rublev should logically ask Tommy Paul to make much more effort. The Russian won’t make as many mistakes. But more importantly, he should be able to drop his heavy shots to oppress the American and hit many winners.
Andrey Rublev is much more consistent than Pedro Martinez in rallies. He’s used to playing very intense matches and taking the game to his feet with his excellent forehand. The playing conditions in Madrid allow the ball to be fast, and I expect that to work in the favor of the current world No. 7. A Rublev loss here would be a professional fault. Fired!
Prediction: Andrey Rublev wins