Australian Open 2021 Quarter-Final: Daniil Medvedev vs Andrey Rublev Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 02/15/2021, 11:22 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his third round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


It’s time for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2021, and fans will witness some exciting clashes there. In one of the encounters, World No.4 Daniil Medvedev will face his counterpart and World No.8 Andrey Rublev.

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It will surely be an electrifying match as both the players are in superb form and recently won the ATP Cup 2021 for their side, Russia.

Daniil Medvedev is currently on an 18-match winning streak and Andrey Rublev will surely find it difficult to face him. However, Rublev too had an amazing 2020 season and will fancy his chances at winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021 after reaching this close.

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Daniil Medvedev vs Andrey Rublev: Preview

Daniil Medvedev has played some quite aggressive tennis in the tournament so far. He recently defeated Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets in the fourth round of the Grand Slam.

The Russian player even survived a tough match against Filip Krajinovic in the third round and showed the fans that he can easily regain momentum even after losing two consecutive sets.

Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

On the other hand, Rublev too has impressed tennis fans with his incredible performances. He hasn’t lost a single set in the Slam yet and recently got a walkover against Casper Ruud in the fourth round of the tournament.

Rublev will certainly look to find the answers to Medvedev’s attacking forehands. The tall Russian player strikes them with a lot of power, and they often land precisely on the court.

However, he too will have to come prepared for Rublev’s service. The World No.8 player serves quite well and wins most of his points while serving.

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Daniil Medvedev v Andrey Rublev: Head-to-Head

The two Russian players have faced each other three times before this meeting. Medvedev leads the battle and surprisingly, Rublev hasn’t registered a single victory against Medvedev to date.

Their last Grand Slam meeting was at the US Open 2020, where Medvedev thrashed Rublev in straight sets in the quarter-finals only.

Interestingly, all their encounters have happened on hard courts, and Rublev hasn’t won a single set in all any of these three matches against his counterpart.

Medvedev v Rublev: Prediction

Even though Rublev is enjoying a great form, Medvedev will surely begin as the favorite. The World No.4 player has got a fantastic temperament and knows how to win big and crucial matches.

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Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi-final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

In order to give himself a chance, Rublev will surely work on his backhand. He can’t play any loose shots as they’ll not just grant Medvedev points, but also some extra confidence. Medvedev too will definitely prepare to face the powerful serve of Rublev.

Fans are quite exhilarated about the upcoming contest and hope that it’ll be a top-class match. Will Medvedev earn himself a tick to the semi-finale or will Rublev be able to break the win-streak of Medvedev in the quarters of the Grand Slam.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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