TennisSection previews the 2021 San Diego Open as Andrey Rublev (1) takes on Diego Schwartzman (6) in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, October 1st, 2021.
Will Andrey Rublev move on? Will Diego Schwartzman pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two top and exciting players coming to a clash. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2021 San Diego Open?
Andrey Rublev played a fantastic match to set up this exciting meeting with Diego Schwartzman, taking out Nakashima easily 6-2 6-1. While he didn’t expect too much trouble, he got none at all, serving brilliantly and utilizing that bomb of a forehand to win points easily. It will not be so easy against Schwartzman though, who has been playing some good tennis and will be tough to stop. It’s a fascinating matchup, as Schwartzman is great at absorbing the power and not allowing Rublev to make many winners, while Rublev just has a much bigger game in general, and will have an edge as it will be tough for Schwartzman to kill him off his return like he often can. If Rublev is aggressive on his returns, then I like his chances to take out Schwartzman and book the first of four spots in the semifinals at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Diego Schwartzman played two solid matches, despite some trouble in the second round against a tough opponent, he came back and sent Harris home. To do what he did against Rublev will be much tougher, as the dynamics between his serve and Rublev’s return, and his return against Rublev’s serve really favor Rublev in almost every way. Still, Schwartzman has fantastic groundstrokes, and I for sure think he has the ability to pull off the upset, however, I feel that since this court isn’t nearly slow enough for Schwartzman to be able to return everything, Rublev has the edge for sure. It should be a fun match, and it’ll be very interesting to see whether or not Schwartzman can trouble Rublev for a spot in the semifinals at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman have met twice before, with the head to head being tied at 1-1. Their first meeting is rather irrelevant, being on clay and over four years ago. Their second meeting however, came just a week prior to this match at the Laver Cup, with Rublev just barely winning it in the end. While the Laver Cup is an exhibition, it was clear that the two were trying very hard and will give us a good outline of what to expect today. However, this court is a little faster than the Laver Cup, which was playing really slow, because of that, I feel like Rublev’s shorts will penetrate the court really nicely and not allow Schwartzman to play his game. While I do expect a close one, and if Schwartzman could pull off the upset it wouldn’t be the craziest thing ever, but Rublev for sure has the edge and I expect him to edge it out in a thriller to move on here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
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