2021 Rotterdam ABN AMRO WTT Final Preview: Rublev vs Fucsovics
The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam will run from March 1st - 7th and will feature some of the world's best tennis players.
The ABN AMRO WTT in Rotterdam has come to its conclusion with only the final remaining to be played. A stellar week of tennis saw Andrey Rublev and Marton Fucsovics end up in the final deservedly. The rise of Andrey Rublev has been sensational and the Russian currently holds an 18-match winning streak at ATP 500 events. His performance against Tsitsipas was absurd and if he keeps that level up today it will be trouble for Fucsovics.
The Hungarian played sensational tennis all week long defeating some strong competition en route to the final. His level raised from match to match and his performance against Coric was an extraordinary one. He will need to be even better if he wants to win the trophy but even so, it will be very tough. They played each other twice so far and both times on clay. Fucsovics won in 2016 but the most recent match last year was won by Rublev convincingly.
Due to all of that, it would be quite a shocker not to see Rublev lift his 8th career trophy in Rotterdam. He was sensational all week long and if he keeps that level up he will win the trophy.
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2021 Rotterdam ABN AMRO WTT Schedule of Play:
Sunday, March 7th:
15:30 Fucsovics M. (Hun) - Rublev A. (Rus)
Saturday, March 6th:
The semifinals at the ABN AMRO WTT in Rotterdam are upon us and we will have two fascinating matches to see. The first of those which will start at 15:00 CET is a proper banger between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev. Tho players who had a very tough quarterfinal matchup will meet for a place in the final. Tsitsipas is the favourite in this one because he is still the more consistent player of the two. Rublev is sensational when he is playing well but his play is wildly inconsistent this week. The H2H favours Tsitsipas who won 5 of the seven matches they played.
The 2nd semifinal which will start at 19:30 CET will feature two players who one might not expect in the Rotterdam semifinal but they have earned it. Borna Coric will take on Marton Fucsevics for a place in the final. Both of them reached the semifinal thanks to their stellar serving and that will prove key in this one as well. The player who delivers more consistent play especially on his serve will win the match. Coric is the slight favourite simply because he won all three matches they played so far.
15:00 Rublev A. (Rus) - Tsitsipas S. (Gre)
19:30 Coric B. (Cro) - Fucsovics M. (Hun)
Friday, March 5th:
The ABN Amro WTT in Rotterdam is entering its final stretch with the quarterfinals on Friday. The programme will start at 13:00 CET with Karen Khachanov taking on Stefanos Tsitsipas. Both players are known to have a strong serve and usually do well indoors so it should be an exciting match. Tsitsipas is the favourite as he leads the H2h 2-1 against Khachanov whose only victory came in an exhibition match. After them, we will see Chardy take on Rublev. The Frenchman is playing his best tennis in a while but so is Rublev. The H2H is 5-1 for Rublev and he is expected to take this one as well.
13:00 Khachanov K. (Rus) - Tsitsipas S. (Gre)
14:30 Chardy J. (Fra) - Rublev A. (Rus)
19:30 Coric B. (Cro) - Nishikori K. (Jpn)
21:00 Paul T. (Usa ) - Fucsovics M. (Hun)
Thursday, March 4th:
Thursday at the ABN AMRO WTT in Rotterdam will give us 5 interesting matches that should determine who will move on to the quarterfinals. There are some very good matchups so a high level of tennis should be on display. Similar to previous days it will start at 11:00 CET with Goffin taking on Chardy. The Belgian is red-hot coming off his Montpellier triumph and he will look to extend that against Jeremy. After them, we will see Bublik take on Paul in a fascinating matchup between two big servers. Bublik lost the Singapore final but came back strong to defeat Zverev in the previous round. If he keeps it up he should be the favourite in this one as well.
As the highest-ranked player remaining in the draw, Tsitsipas will eye the title but Hurkacz is capable of spoiling those plans. If the Greek plays the way he can he should not have too many issues. The evening schedule will feature two matches that will feature players we did not expect to see in the premier time slots. In the first one Medvedev-tamer himself Lajovic will play against Coric. Both will fancy their chances in this one. The final match will be between Fucsovics and Davidovich Fokina where anything can happen.
11:00 Goffin D. (Bel) - Chardy J. (Fra)
12:30 Bublik A. (Kaz) - Paul T. (Usa)
14:00 Hurkacz H. (Pol) - Tsitsipas S. (Gre)
19:30 Lajovic D. (Srb) - Coric B. (Cro)
21:00 Fucsovics M. (Hun) - Davidovich Fokina A. (Esp)
Wednesday, March 3rd:
The ABN AMRO TWW in Rotterdam continues on Wednesday with day 3 that will have 8 matches on the schedules. Some well-known players will be on the court such as Zverev, Medvedev, Murray, Rublev, Goffin and more. As usual, it will start at 11:00 CET with Paul against Sonego and Zverev against Bublik. The qualify will not drop off after that as Medvedev will take on Lajovic while Goffin will play Struff. A proper banger is on schedule at 14:30 when De Minaur takes on Nishikori while an hour later Bautista Agut will play Davidovich Fokina.
The evening session will feature two strong matches as Andy Murray will try to make it two wins in a row against Rublev. It will not be easy but the British player will be up for the challenge. The final match of the day is reserved for Karen Khachanov who will play Cameron Norrie.
11:00 Paul T. (Usa) - Sonego L. (Ita)
11:00 Zverev A. (Ger) - Bublik A. (Kaz)
12:30 Goffin D. (Bel) - Struff J-L. (Ger)
12:30 Medvedev D. (Rus) - Lajovic D. (Srb)
14:30 De Minaur A. (Aus) - Nishikori K. (Jpn)
15:30 Davidovich Fokina A. (Esp) - Bautista-Agut R. (Esp)
19:30 Murray A. (Gbr) - Rublev A. (Rus)
21:00 Khachanov K. (Rus) - Norrie C. (Gbr)
Tuesday, March 2nd:
The 2nd day of the ABN AMRO WTT in Rotterdam brings more matches and more great tennis players on the court. The first day was a solid one but this second one will see some of the best in the world play as Tsitsipas, Wawrinka, Khachanov, De Minaur and Coric are all in action. The programme will start at 11:00 CET with De Minaur taking on Millman. After that, we will see Rublev take on Giron while at the same time Hurkacz will play Mannarino. After those matches, we will Wawrinka play Khachanov which should be a proper delight.
The evening schedule of play will feature two strong matches with the first one starting at 19:30. It will be Tsitsipas vs Gerasimov who is in very good form. Tsitsipas ss eyeing that trophy and Gerasimov will be a good test for the Greek. The final match of the day will see native Van De Zandschulp take on Coric for a place in the 2nd round.
11:00 De Minaur A. (Aus) - Millman J. (Aus)
12:30 Giron M. (Usa) - Rublev A. (Rus)
12:30 Hurkacz H. (Pol) - Mannarino A. (Fra)
14:00 Chardy J. (Fra) - Humbert U. (Fra)
14:30 Wawrinka S. (Sui) - Khachanov K. (Rus)
19:30 Gerasimov E. (Blr) - Tsitsipas S. (Gre)
21:00 Coric B. (Cro) - Van De Zandschulp B. (Ned)
Monday, March 1st:
The first day of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam is on Monday with a 4-match schedule of play. Some of the names that we will get to see are Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Felix Auger-Aliassime and more. The programme will kick off at 13:00 CET with Nikoloz Basilashvilli taking on Cameron Norrie. After them, we will see a proper banger in the first round as Felix Auger-Aliassime will take on Kei Nishikori.
The evening portion of the schedule doesn't bring a drop off in tennis level with the first match between Andy Murray and Robin Haase scheduled at 19:30. Murray lost in the first round of Montpellier so he will look bounce back on a court where he lifted the trophy before. The final match of the day will be between big servers Marton Fucsevics and Reilly Opelka. It is set to start at 21:00 CET.
13:00 Basilashvili N. (Geo) - Norrie C. (Gbr)
14:30 Nishikori K. (Jpn) - Auger-Aliassime F. (Can)
19:30 Haase R. (Ned) - Murray A. (Gbr)
21:00 Fucsovics M. (Hun) - Opelka R. (Usa)