Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas go head to head in the final of the Hamburg European Open on Sunday. Both players have dropped just one set en route to the final, but who will come out on top and claim the title?
Andrey Rublev Stats
Age: 22 (20 October 1997)
Height: 6'2" (188cm)
World Ranking: 14
Career High: 14 (February 2020)
Career Singles Titles: 4
2020 Singles Titles: 2
Andrey Rublev Form
Andrey Rublev reached a career high ranking of 18 after winning the 2020 Qatar Open in January. He then won in Adelaide, beating Sam Querrey, Daniel Evans, 2nd seed Felix Auger Aliassime and Lloyd Harris.
The Russian was knocked out of the Australian Open round of 16 by Alexander Zverev but rose to another career high, World No.14 where he remains.
Rublev suffered quarter-final defeats in Rotterdam and Dubai before a first round exit at the Western & Southern Open. Rublev went down 7-5 3-6 6-2 to Daniel Evans despite winning 94-92 points.
Andrey Rublev beat Jeremy Chardy, Gregoire Barrere and Salvatore Caruso in straight sets in the first three rounds at the US Open. He got the better of Matteo Berrettini 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3, before losing in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals in New York.
At the Rome Masters, lost his second round match against Hubert Hurkacz in three sets. In Hamburg, a straight sets win over Tenis Sandgren was followed by a three-set victory over another American Tommy Paul.
Roberto Bautista Agut was no match in the quarter-final as Rublev won 6-2 7-5, and he was equally impressive in a 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over Casper Ruud.
Stefanos Tsitsipas Stats
Age: 22 (12 August 1998)
Height: 6’4” (193cm)
Singles World Ranking: 6
Career High Singles Ranking: 5 (August 2019)
Career ATP Tour Singles Titles: 5
2020 ATP Tour Titles: 1
Stefanos Tsitsipas Form
Tsitsipas started the year in mixed form, losing two of his three matches at the ATP Cup before losing in the third round of the Australian Open at the hands of Milos Raonic. The Greek then failed to get past the second round in Rotterdam.
But things took a turn for the better in February as he lifted the title in Marseille, defeating Mikael Ymer, Vasek Pospisil, Alexander Bublik and Felix Auger-Aliassime along the way without dropping a set.
A week later, he found only world number one Novak Djokovic too good on a run to the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships. He beat Pablo Carreno Busta, Bublik again, Jan Lennard-Struff and Dan Evans before losing to Djokovic. It was a second successive Dubai final defeat for Tsitsipas.
Since the return of tennis, Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open before losing to Raonic once again. He then exited the US Open at the third round stage after losing a five-setter to Borna Coric, and suffered a first round defeat at the Rome Masters.
Tsitsipas has enjoyed straight sets wins over Evans, Pablo Cuevas and Dejan Lajovic to cruise into the semi-finals in Hamburg, before winning 7-5 3-6 6-4 against Christian Garin in the semi-final.
Andrey Rublev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head
The head to head ledger stands at 2-2 in Rublev's favour.
All four clashes have been in hard courts with Rublev winning the Open EuroEnergie de Quimper in three sets in 2017 and against at last year's US Open with a 3-1 victory.
Tsitsipas' first win came in the Next Gen Finals in a five-set thriller in 2018 and he also recorded a straight sets victory in the Mubadala Championship in Abu Dhabi last December, the most recent head to head.
Andrey Rublev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Odds
Andrey Rublev is 1.80 favourite to overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas and claim a fifth career title. Tsitsipas is 2.00 to collect his sixth title.
Andrey Rublev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Stats
- Andrey Rublev is 24-6 for the season and 5-1 on clay.
- Andrey Rublev has won two finals this season.
- The head to head stands at 2-2 between Rublev and Tsitsipas.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas is 6-1 on clay this season.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas is playing in his third final of the season.