The last match of the day on the men’s singles table in St. Petersburg is scheduled for October 13, 2020, after 6.30 pm, between the Canadian Vasek Pospisil (79 ATP) and the Russian Andrey Rublev (10 ATP).
The recommended prediction is for a balanced start to the match and is taken from the Betano betting offer.
Vasek Pospisil: Team form, news and statistics
Vasek (30 years old) returns to the fast surfaces, on which he established himself, after a small stop on the Parisian slag.
At Roland Garros, the North American was eliminated early, from the inaugural round by the Italian Berrettini, with a drastic 6-3 6-1 6-3.
Previously, Pospisil had proved very solid on the fast cement from Flushing Meadows, where it reached the round of 16, after victories over important names on the circuit such as Philipp Kohlschreiber, Milos Raonic or Roberto Bautista-Agut.
The athlete’s experience of 1.93 meters tall and approximately 88 kilograms is a considerable one on the indoor hard courts, with a total career record of 117 victories and 69 defeats.
He does not have any ATP title in the singles events, but he won in 2018-2019 in 4 Challenger category tournaments, 3 times even in the hall.
At the competition in St. Petersburg, he will start for the third time in his career, after being eliminated by Seppi in 2011 and Youzhny in 2012, each time in round 1.
Andrey Rublev: Team form, news and statistics
Andrey (22 years old) is the second best ranked Russian athlete in the ATP hierarchy (after Medvedev), reaching the highest position in his career – 10th place, after his time at Roland Garros, where he lost in the quarterfinals, in the face of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Overall, Rublev has a fantastic year, with 3 ATP titles won – in Doha and Adelaide on hard outdoor, and in Hamburg on slag, indoor. He reached the round of 16 in Melbourne and the quarterfinals at the US Open and the French Open.
With these results, he is very well placed in the race for a place at the Champions Tournament in London, ranking 6th, one step away from qualifying for the first time among the top 8 tennis players of the 2020 season.
Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal , Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are already qualified, and under him are some slag specialists – Diego Schwartzman, Pablo Carreno Busta, Casper Ruud or Christian Garin.
The player, 1.88 meters tall and about 70 kilograms, will turn 23 in exactly one week and hopes to make a nice gift – a new title in the hall, in Russia, after picking up the ATP trophy in Moscow in 2019.
On indoor hard, Rublev’s record is 76 successes and 47 failures.
Last year he was eliminated from the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg by his compatriot Medvedev, score 4-6 5-7.
🎾Statistics of direct matches Vasek Pospisil vs Andrey Rublev
▪️The score of direct confrontations is equal, 1-1.
▪️Both matches took place on hardcourt surfaces.
▪️The Canadian prevailed in 2018 with 7-6 6-4 in Miami, in round 2, and the Russian took his revenge last year in the Davis Cup, with a double 6-4.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Vasek Pospisil vs Andrey Rublev
I go with average confidence on this betting option taken from the Betano offer.
I believe that both players will start the match in force with strong services, of over 200 kilometers per hour, and the returns will be weaker at the beginning of the game, until the benchmarks are adjusted, especially since it is the first official confrontation on indoor hard, after a few weeks on European red slag.
The balls will be different, their jumps will be much lower and harder to control, and the return reaction time will be much shorter. Overall, Rublev is the most complete player, with an extra quality in executions, he is also motivated by the fact that he plays in his native country, but Pospisil remains a dangerous opponent on this type of fast surface, he demonstrating a good sports form, recently at US Open, where he made top victims.
This prognosis can be decided in less than 10 minutes of play, if it will go head to head, without breaks after the first 2 rotations at work.
Bet Tips: 2-2 (score after game 4)