Novak Djokovic has probably got the start he was looking for in the ATP Finals. The world’s number 1 player has been playing some great tennis this year. He secured 3 grand slams out of 4 this year, missing out on the US Open. He recently won the ATP Paris Masters, defeating Daniil Medvedev in the finals. With such performances this year, he would want to keep the momentum going.
Up next is Andrey Rublev, the 5th ranked Russian player. What is the head-to-head record of the players? Who possesses a higher chance of winning this encounter? Here’s everything that you need to know about the encounter between Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev.
As already mentioned, Novak Djokovic started his campaign with a win over Casper Rudd. The Serbian player did have to put in some effort to get past Rudd. In the first set, Casper Rudd did trouble him, but the Serbian did manage to get past him in the tiebreaker.
But in the second set, things were a bit different. He did manage to get past his Norweigan opponent and win the set and the match. The final scoreline of the match read 7-6, 6-4 in favor of the world number 1 player.
Andrey Rublev on the other hand, did surprise Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Russian powerhouse won his match against the Greek player. Interestingly, he did not have to put in much effort and the match was finished in an hour and a half. The final scoreline of the match read 6-4, 6-4 in favor of the Russian.
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Novak Djokovic v/s Andrey Rublev: Head to Head and Prediction
Interestingly, both the players have never faced off against each other. This will be the first-ever meeting between the players and the score is tied at 0-0. Though these two players have played together on the same side of the court multiple times, this will be the first-ever encounter between them.
As the things stand, Novak Djokovic is currently the favorite to win the match and extend his lead at the top of the points table. It will be interesting to see how Rublev will be able to respond to super serves. If Rublev is to stand a chance, he will have to perform exceptionally well and give his opponent minimal chances to make points.