Fixture: (7) Andrey Rublev vs Thiago Monteiro
Date: 11 February 2021
Tournament: Australian Open 2021
Round: Second round (Round of 64)
Venue: Melbourne, Australia
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: AUD $80 million
Live Telecast: USA – Tennis Channel | India – Sony Six
Andrey Rublev vs Thiago Monteiro preview
After his massive breakthrough season in 2020, Russian Andrey Rublev has begun his 2021 campaign in great form again.
The 23-year-old won 5 ATP titles in 2020 and qualified for his first-ever season-ending ATP Finals. And on the lately concluded ATP Cup, Rublev remained unbeaten in 4 singles matches as he partnered with Daniil Medvedev to seize the title for Russia.
Rublev shall be aiming to make his first Grand Slam semifinal in 2021. With the uncertainty across the conditioning of so many players within the draw, the Russian shall be hoping to capitalize on his probabilities in Melbourne.
Rublev’s opponent in Thursday’s second-round match shall be Thiago Monteiro. The 26-year-old Brazilian has climbed back to his career-best ranking of No. 74, which he first achieved in 2017.
Monteiro has enjoyed a very good beginning to the 2021 season. He reached the second spherical at Delray Seaside, the place he lost to John Isner, after which the semifinals at last week’s Nice Ocean Road Open.
Andrey Rublev vs Thiago Monteiro head-to-head
This would be the first assembly between Andrey Rublev and Thiago Monteiro on the ATP tour. Thus, their head-to-head at present stands at 0-0.
That mentioned, the pair did meet as soon as in 2019, during the qualifying rounds on the ATP occasion in Munich. Thiago Monteiro ended up winning that match in three sets.
Andrey Rublev vs Thiago Monteiro prediction
On Tuesday, Thiago Monteiro won his Australian Open first-round match in straight units over Andrej Martin. However the Brazilian’s best performance at a Main came on clay – he reached the third spherical of the 2020 French Open.
In the meantime, the eighth-ranked Andrey Rublev looked in good nick as he kicked off his Melbourne campaign with a straight-sets win over Yannick Hanfmann. Rublev continues to impress along with his game, and he has labored exhausting on his mental toughness as well.
The Russian has extra weapons in his recreation compared to Monteiro, who prefers to interact in baseline rallies and put on his opponents down. Given their present kind, Rublev is the large favorite to win this match and attain the third spherical.
Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win in straight sets.