ATP Finals 2021: Novak Djokovic vs. Andrey Rublev Tennis Pick and Prediction
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ATP Finals 2021: Novak Djokovic vs. Andrey Rublev Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 ATP Finals as Novak Djokovic takes on Andrey Rublev in the group stages on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021.

Will Novak Djokovic get the win? Will Andrey Rublev pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have the world no. 1 taking on a next-gen star. Who will continue their top form to go 2-0 at the 2021 ATP Finals?

Novak Djokovic got a very solid win over Casper Ruud to set up this meeting with Andrey Rublev. He served great and hit the ball incredibly clean, maintaining an aggressive level throughout and showcasing his recent success at the net. If he wants to get through Andrey Rublev, he’ll have to focus on continuing to come to the net, as well as just trying to elongate the rallies. Rublev is in good form, playing really aggressively and hitting incredibly hard, so Djokovic will have to focus on elongating the rallies as the longer the points go on, the harder it will get for Rublev to play that type of game, especially if Djokovic focuses on coming to the net and stopping the points before Rublev can bludgeon it from the baseline. Let’s see if World No. 1 Novak Djokovic can maintain his exceptional form to get through this tough test.

Andrey Rublev played an incredible match against 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, taking him out 6-4 6-4 Throughout the match, he served exceptionally, not winning any points on his second serve, showing how effective his first serve was. He was hitting the ball incredibly hard, running around it beautifully and showing his old form, hitting forehand winner after forehand winner, making few unforced errors. Still, that type of game is hard to play consistently, which is why he’s been struggling for the past couple of months. Still, with the way that he played against Tsitsipas, I think he can definitely trouble Novak Djokovic, so I won’t be surprised if he is able to get a set, or even a little more.

Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Very surprisingly, the two have never played a match before until now. For that reason, Djokovic will struggle to read Rublev from the start, since Rublev really has little to lose so he will likely go all out from the start. That’s why I expect Rublev to start strong and likely take a set, but due to Djokovic’s level at the moment and his sheer experience, especially on a fast court like this one, I definitely expect him to be able to tough out Rublev and go 2-0 at the 2021 ATP Finals.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in 3 sets.

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