TennisSection previews the 2021 Rotterdam Open as Andrey Rublev (4) meets Marton Fucsovics (Q) in the Final on Sunday, March 7 2021.
Will Marton Fucsovics, the qualifier, continue to shock everyone here in Rotterdam by continuously causing upsets against much higher ranked opponents? Will Andrey Rublev extend his ATP 500 winning streak to 20-matches in a row and 4 titles on the trot at this level of the game? This is going to be a very highly anticipated Final here in Rotterdam, and it is going to be much tighter than some might think if Marton Fucsovics can play as he has all week.
Marton Fucsovics has had a great week here in Rotterdam, doing far better than anyone would have expected on Monday. Fucsovics had a great feel for the courts from the start as he came through qualifying, and this aided him when going up against tougher opponents who had to get used to the court speed. Fucsovics has beaten the likes of Reilly Opelka, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Tommy Paul, and most recently Borna Coric in the Semi-Finals in straight sets 6-4/6-1. The destruction of Coric from Marton Fucsovics was the biggest shock of all, as Borna was in great form all week as well. Fucsovics just does not seem to get tired in these conditions, and he will want to keep this going. Can Marton Fucsovics cause the biggest upset of the week here, and perhaps of the last year in his career as he meets Andrey Rublev in the Final?
Andrey Rublev has also been in great form this week, reaching his fourth ATP 500 Final in a row, and extending his winning streak at this level to 19-matches in a row. Andrey Rublev has beaten the likes of Marcos Giron, Andy Murray, Jeremy Chardy, and Stefanos Tsitsipas most recently in straight sets 6-3/7-6(2) to book his spot here, and he will be looking to extend his list to include Marton Fucsovics. Rublev is just too powerful in these conditions, taking time away from his opponents in rallies, pushing them to the limit. Andrey is the most consistent player as of recent, and he is leading the winning charts this year, having an 11-1 W/L record. Can Andrey Rublev get his 2021 going with yet another big title to his name, further establishing himself in the tennis elite? If he is to, he will have to beat the inform Fucsovics.
This is going to be the fourth meeting between both players, with Marton Fucsovics leading the head to head 2-1. The two victories under Fucsovics’ belt came in 2016 and 2017, however, since then, their last meeting took place just over 6 months ago in Roland Garros. Andrey Rublev won that encounter against Fucsovics in 4 extremely tight sets, (4)6-7/7-5/6-4/7-6(3). They have always played extremely tight matches against each other, and they have always been won by a few important moments. Coming into this match, Rublev is the obvious favourite, with his winning streak and his amazing 2020 season. However, Marton Fucsovics can definitely come into this match and push Andrey to the limit here. Both have extremely similar playing styles, and we are definitely in for a very tight encounter on Sunday!
Both players are going to push each other to the limit here, and they will be determined to win another title to add to their cabinets. However, only one can come out Champion here at the 2021 Rotterdam Open, and in my opinion, Andrey Rublev will come through in an extremely tight battle. This could go the distance, but it could also be done in two tiebreak sets. Go with Andrey Rublev to win.
Free Tennis Preview and Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win.