Doha champion Andrey Rublev brings a nine-match winning streak into his Adelaide International quarter-final clash with the in-form Dan Evans on Thursday.
Andrey Rublev ?? vs Dan Evans ?? Match Info
Date: Thursday January 16
Tournament: ATP Adelaide International, QF
Time: 2.30pm local time (4.00am GMT)
Andrey Rublev vs Dan Evans Head-to-Head
First match at tour-level
Previous meetings: 1-1
2019 | Indian Wells Challenger SF | Rublev 6-2 6-2
2016 | Dallas Challenger R32 | Evans 5-7 6-4 6-3
Andrey Rublev vs Dan Evans Match Preview
He’s flying under the radar at the moment, but Rublev means business this season and in my opinion, should be pushing towards the top 10 over the next few months.
Out of the limelight with everyone focused on the ATP Cup last week, Rublev – who couldn’t play the team event as Russia’s No. 3 ranked singles player – played in Doha and surged to the title without dropping a set, earning himself a career-high ranking of No. 18.
Flying immediately to Adelaide, Rublev didn’t get any sleep the night before his convincing 6-3 6-3 second round victory over the big-serving Sam Querrey, extending his current winning to nine matches, which dates back to the Davis Cup Finals in November.
After battling a bunch of injury issues, Rublev got back to his best form in the second-half of 2019, winning the title in Moscow, finishing runner-up in Hamburg and making the fourth round of the U.S. Open, while he also beat Roger Federer in Cincinnati in just 62 minutes – the quickest loss for the Swiss since 2003.
In the form of his life, can Rublev make it 10 wins on the trot when he lines up against one of the tour’s other in-form players in the Adelaide quarter-finals on Thursday?
Evans has put together a tremendous start to 2020, winning three of his four singles matches at the ATP Cup and breezing into the Adelaide quarter-finals without dropping a set, defeating Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-4 and Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-2. Evans missed out on a chance to serve out the opening set against Bublik at 5-4, but he regrouped to do it at the second time of asking, ultimately winning eight of the next 10 games to prevail in 75 minutes.
The Brit began his ATP Cup campaign with a three-set defeat to Grigor Dimitrov, but he’s undefeated since, registering dominant straight set victories over David Goffin and Radu Albot, while he emerged triumphant in arguably the match of the season to date against Aussie rising star Alex de Minaur, conquering the top 20 player in a deciding set tiebreak in a contest that lasted well over three hours.
Also up to a career-high ranking of No. 33, Evans is playing the best tennis of his career right now and will be one to watch at the upcoming Australian Open, where he achieved his best Grand Slam result in 2017 as he made the fourth round.
Andrey Rublev vs Dan Evans Prediction
This is shaping up to be a fantastic contest. They’ve never played at tour level before and are facing each other at respective career-high rankings. Normally I’d give Rublev the edge, but the Russian has played so much tennis recently without rest. Evans, with his superb variety, court craft and net-rushing tactics, can be a nightmare opponent if you’re not 100 per cent – if the Brit plays like he has in his previous matches to start the season, I think he can come out on top in Adelaide.