Russian Andrey Rublev will play against Finn Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round of the Australian Open. The match will take place on January 19, starting at 02:00 GMT.
Australian Open 2023
|Andrey Rublev||vs||Emil Ruusuvuori|
Date: January 19, 2023.
Tournament: Australian Open 2023.
Round: Second round (Round of 32).
Venue: Kia Arena, Melbourne, Australia.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize Money: A$76,500,000.
Andrey Rublev failed both tournaments in Adelaide before the Australian Open, losing first to Roberto Bautista-Agut and Tanasi Kokkinakis. After that, it would be strange to call Melbourne one of the favorites. Now, however, the mood has changed markedly.
In the first round, Andrey won a confident victory over Dominic Thiem – 6:3, 6:4, 6:2. This time, Rublev had an almost perfect match against a strong opponent.
The Russian did not give up a single game on his serve, while the Austrian had only two break points. Rublev also acted great at the reception, converting 12 out of 16 break points.
Emil Ruusuvuori, meanwhile, won in the first round against Australian Max Purcell. The tennis player from Finland gave up the first set, but eventually made a comeback. In the decisive game, the tennis player outplayed his opponent in a tie-break.
Like Rublev, Ruusuvuori started the season with two defeats. First, Emil lost to the Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in Pune, and then lost to the Swede Mikael Ymer in Adelaide.
Ruusuvuori has never won more than one match at the Australian Open before.
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Head to Head
Both tennis players met each other only 1 time, this meeting was held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), in 2021. Then Andrey Rublev defeated a tennis player from Finland with a score of 2-0.
|Andrey Rublev win 1.24||Emil Ruusuvuori win 4.10|
Two years ago Andrey won against a Finn and this experience will certainly be useful too. Anything can happen, but there is still a feeling that Rublev, after a great victory over Tim, will have another good match.
Prediction: Rublev’s victory in three sets.