TennisSection previews the 2021 Madrid Open as Andrey Rublev (6) meets Tommy Paul in the Second Round on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021.
Will Tommy Paul be able to put on a superb performance in the Second Round of the 2021 Madrid Open to cause the upset against one of the best players this year? Will Andrey Rublev continue to dominate most tournaments on the ATP Tour? Both players will want to bring out their best tennis in this match, but only one will make their way to the Third Round. Who will it be?
Tommy Paul came through a very tight two set victory in the First Round, beating the wild card Spaniard Pedro Martinez 6-4/7-5. Tommy Paul was able to maintain his composure during the very tight moments in his service games, and when the opportunities finally came his way, he was able to convert them to get ahead in the match. Tommy Paul knows that he played a strong match, but he is also going to be aware that his good overall game needs to improve drastically if he is to keep up with the power and speed of Andrey Rublev in this Second Round match at the 2021 Madrid Open.
Andrey Rublev had a good week at the 2021 Barcelona Open, reaching the Quarter-finals only to lose to the in form youngster, Jannik Sinner. Andrey Rublev was getting more and more tired as he had played a lot of tennis over those two weeks. However, now that Andrey Rublev has been able to rest for a week, he is definitely going to come out here at the 2021 Madrid Open ready to rumble and keep dominating on the ATP Tour in 2021. Andrey Rublev is actually really good on clay because he is able to speed up the game unlike other players by taking the ball early and hitting very hard. However, he will meet Tommy Paul who has already gotten used to the conditions here.
Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul have met 2 times before, with Andrey Rublev leading the head to head 2-0. They last met last year at the Hamburg Open on clay where Rublev won in 3 sets 6-1/3-6/6-2. Although that match was very tight, since then Rublev has become even tougher to beat and more consistent throughout matches. Although Tommy Paul is a good young player and he is improving, he is nowhere near the level of Andrey Rublev. I expect for this to be a straight sets win for the Russian to progress to the Third Round of the 2021 Madrid Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Andrey Rublev in 2 Sets.