Stefanos Tsitsipas faces a difficult start in his US Open campaign when he faces former runner-up Andrey Rublev in the first round on Tuesday.
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Tsitsipas is on the main draw of the US Open for the second time in his career and will look for a better first game last year after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
The Greek also hopes to improve its performance in a recent series of unreliable results, which include opening round starts in four of its last six tournaments.
In continuation of his progress, he made last season, when he won the first title of his career in Stockholm and entered the world top 15, Tsitsipas had a sensational start in 2019, winning a big win over Roger Federer on the road to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. He then claimed titles in Marseille and Estoril and entered the top 10 after a second-place
for Federer in Dubai in early March.
The Greek had a decent clay spell, won Estoril, reached the finals in Madrid (after defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals), the last four in Rome and the fourth round at Roland Garros, where he s is tilted five times. he was epic against Stan Wawrinka, but his result fell on the grass. The lowest point was a defeat in the first round against Thomas Fabbiano at Wimbledon.
Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals in Washington after an encouraging comeback to the courts in North America, which led him to world number 5, the highest of his career, but suffered consecutive losses in the first round in Montreal and in Cincinnati. ahead of Hubert Hurkacz and Jan-Lennard Struff respectively, casting doubts on their chances of making an in-depth career at the US Open.
His relationship to the first round, which confronts him with the Russian Rublev, did not help these changes.
Although the results of Tsitsipas have been reduced in recent weeks, Rublev has reappeared, reaching consecutive quarter-finals at Cincinnati and Winston-Salem in the run-up to the US Open.
One remarkable result was his 6-3, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters, but he also beat fellow Swiss Federer Stan Wawrinka before losing the win. eventual champion, Daniil Medvedev in the last eight.
The resurgence of Rublev did not really start on the courts in North America, since he had already reached the final of the ATP 500 competition on clay in Hamburg, beating some of the best clay players currently on the circuit, Dominic Thiem, Cristian Garin and Pablo Carreño Busta, before losing to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final.
In just 21 years, Rublev was one of the pioneers of ATP’s Next Gen project. He reached the final in the inaugural final of Next Gen ATP in Milan in 2017, when he won his first title at the tour level. Umag and reach the room. end of the US Open. Rublev was ranked 35th in 2017 but was selected for injury in the last two seasons, finishing 2018 in the top 60 and falling in the top 100 in the first months of 2019.
Rublev lost two and a half months between April and June due to a wrist injury but returned very positively to reach the final in Hamburg and the consecutive quarter-finals in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem. This is a real threat to the Tsitsipas’ ambitions at the US Open.
Rublev defeated Tsitsipas at a Challenger event in Quimper in 2017, but fell to his Greek rival in the ATP Next Gen final last year, which was recorded as a tour-level meeting. Although his ranking places Tsitsipas as a favorite, the form suggests the opposite, Rublev brimming with confidence after his recent series of results. It should also be remembered that he reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2017, beating Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin en route.
It would not be a shock if the Russian eliminated Tsitsipas on Tuesday.