Andrey Rublev targets his third semi-final of the season when he comes up against Filip Krajinovic in the Rotterdam quarter-finals on Friday night.
Andrey Rublev ?? vs Filip Krajinovic ?? Match Info
Date: Friday February 14
Tournament: ATP Rotterdam, QF
Court: Centre Court
Time: 9.00pm local time (8.00pm GMT)
Andrey Rublev vs Filip Krajinovic Head-to-Head
Level at 1-1
2019 | Davis Cup Finals QF | Rublev 6-1 6-2
2017 | Moscow R32 | Krajinovic 7-6 7-6(6)
Andrey Rublev vs Filip Krajinovic Match Preview
It’s been a lightning quick start to the season for Rublev and he’s showing no signs of slowing down as he continues his quest for a third ATP title of the season in Rotterdam – and we’re barely halfway through February!
Apart from Australian Open champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, nobody has been more impressive to start 2020 than Rublev – and he’s yet to drop a set this week in Rotterdam, gliding past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2 6-3 and Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-3. With defending champion Gael Monfils the only other seeded player left in the draw, Rublev finds himself in an excellent position to claim a third title of the year.
Following on from his tremendous performances at the end of last season at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid (which included a dominant win over Krajinovic), Rublev compiled an incredible 15-match winning streak, emerging victorious in his first 11 matches of 2020 as he picked up titles in Doha and Adelaide and made the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he eventually ran out of gas against Alexander Zverev.
Injuries caused Rublev to almost fall out of the top 100 last season (he was ranked at No. 99 this time last year and lost in Rotterdam qualifying), but after regaining full fitness he’s been on fire, earning a career-high 38 wins last season, with the bulk of them coming during the last half of the season where he won the title in Moscow, finished runner-up in Hamburg, beat Roger Federer on his way to the Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals and conquered Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Can he maintain his excellent form to make the Rotterdam semi-finals on Friday night?
Filip Krajinovic will be hoping to at least perform better than their last meeting, where he only managed three games in November’s Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. The Serbian is a fantastic player indoors and he’s also yet to drop a set in reaching the Rotterdam quarter-finals, beating Dutch wildcard Tallon Griekspoor 6-1 6-4 before holding off a gallant challenge from Montpellier runner-up Vasek Pospisil in the second round, emerging triumphant on his fourth match point by a 6-4 7-6(7) scoreline.
Touted as a junior prodigy, injuries played a part in Krajinovic’s slow grind up the rankings, but he made his first real breakthrough at the end of 2017 when he made the Paris Masters final as a 77th-ranked qualifier, becoming the lowest-ranked Masters 1000 finalist since 2008. Krajinovic hit his career-high ranking of No. 26 the following season but enjoyed his most consistent year in 2019, earning 31 wins that included advancing to finals in Budapest and Stockholm. Currently ranked No. 39 in the world, Krajinovic lost to Roger Federer in the second round of the Australian Open but built up some form to reach the Montpellier semi-finals last week.
Andrey Rublev vs Filip Krajinovic Prediction
This should be an entertaining match to watch. Both players like the indoor conditions, especially Krajinovic, while Rublev – as we know – is on fire right now. Expect a lot of redirection in baseline exchanges, but if Rublev keeps playing the way he currently is, I suspect he will be too strong and reach a third semi-final of 2020.