TennisSection previews the 2022 Vienna Open as Andrey Rublev takes on Diego Schwartzman in the first round on Monday, October 24th, 2022.
Will Andrey Rublev go on a rampage this week? The Russian, champion in 2020 at the Vienna Open, will face a difficult task to emulate his success here from two years ago, although he should be comfortable to cruise past Diego Schwartzman – winless in five matches.
Andrey Rublev won his fourth title of the season at the inaugural Gijon Open and remains on course for another half century match wins for the second year in a row. The Russian power hitter won the Vienna Open in his last visit back in 2020 and he will be a strong favorite this week to add to his burgeoning resume in ATP 500 events. Rublev will be part of the elite eight in Turin, and will be keen to keep his momentum going in the final two weeks of the regular season.
Diego Schwartzman is one of those players who could really do with the off-season right now. The Argentine has been dreadful in the past month or so and comes to the Vienna Open on the back of five straight defeats including Davis Cup matches. His last win was at the US Open at the start of September when he defeated Alexei Popyrin in the second round. Schwartzman is now in danger of ending the season outside the top 20, which takes the gloss of what was a very promising start to the season in the first half of the campaign.
Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman are tied at 1-1 on the ATP Tour. Outside it, they played once at Laver Cup in 2021, with the Russian winning that match in a super tiebreak. Rublevis the man in form and should have a lot of firepower to subdue Schwartzman in their Vienna Open bout. He will be tough to beat this week and I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps his winning spree intact this week.
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