TennisSection previews the 2021 Davis Cup Finals as Andrey Rublev takes on Feliciano Lopez in the Round Robin stage on Sunday, November 28th, 2021.
Will Feliciano Lopez be able to use his experience and lefty game to cause an upset against a top 10 player? Will Andrey Rublev improve after that tough opening match which he should have won comfortably? Both players know that this tie is very important for their country and their place in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals. Who will gain the upper hand?
Feliciano Lopez cruised through his opening match against Roberto Quiroz, beating the Ecuadorian in straight sets very easily. Feliciano has so much experience and his game is very flamboyant which allows him to keep his opponents on their toes even if they are higher ranked. Feliciano is now ranked outside of the top 100 in the world, but his level is way higher than that on his good day. Lopez will come out here in this last group match at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals hoping that his lefty game will hurt Andrey Rublev’s somewhat inconsistent backhand.
Andrey Rublev also met Roberto Quiroz in his opening match, but unlike Feliciano Lopez, Rublev did not win easily, having to win the match in 3 sets instead. This seems to be the issue recently with Andrey, taking his foot off the gas when he is in a controlling position, which then allows his opponents to get some confidence and getting back into the match. Once this happens, because Andrey is an emotional player, it takes him time to get back in the zone and back to dominating. He cannot afford to do something like this now that he meets Feliciano Lopez here at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals.
Andrey Rublev and Feliciano Lopez have met 1 time before, with Andrey Rublev leading the head to head 1-0. They met this year at the Australian Open where Andrey won in straight sets. Although Andrey won that match, I think that with his recent sub-par performances, I expect Lopez to have a big chance at the upset. Andrey is emotional, and I think with the Madrid crowd giving all of their energy to Feliciano, and the fact that Feliciano can hurt him easily if he is at his best, I think that all the stars will align for him in this opening match of Russia vs Spain of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Feliciano Lopez to Win.
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