When: Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 PM.
Where: Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide, Australia
Head to Head Record: 1-1
Most Recent Meeting: 2019 Indian Wells Challenger Semifinals, Rublev 2-0 (6-2 6-2)
This quarterfinals matchup features two of the tournament’s strongest contenders.
Evans is coming off a strong year in 2019, which saw him reach a career-high 33rd in the ATP ranking.
The veteran will try to build up on that in 2020, potentially aiming for a spot inside the top 20.
Rublev will look to extend his winning streak in 2020.
The young Russian reached the top 20 for the first time in his career, and will now set his sights on reaching the top 15.
It will be Evans and Rublev’s first head to head matchup at the ATP level.
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2020 record: 4-1, 0 titles
Evans had a very good start to his 2020 season, winning three of four ATP Cup matches.
While Great Britain fell in the quarterfinals, the veteran did secure the team’s only point in the series against Team Australia, upsetting Alex de Minaur.
Now the highest-ranked British player in the ATP ranking, Evans’ next step is to finally win his first career title.
After spending most of 2018 away from the professional circuit while serving a suspension, Evans reached his second career final in 2019.
The first one, coincidentally, came at the Sidney International, the predecessor to the Adelaide tournament.
Evans held a 10-8 record on the hard surface in 2019.
2020 Record: 5-0, 1 title
Rublev is still undefeated in 2020.
After missing out on a nomination for Team Russia’s ATP Cup roster, the youngster quickly made up for it by winning the first tournament of the year.
Coming off his third career title, Rublev will set his sights on a spot inside the top 10 at the end of the year.
The hard surface was by far Rublev’s favorite in 2019.
The Russian rising star 14 of 23 matches played on hard courts.
His last two titles, the 2019 Kremlin Cup and this year’s Qatar Open were both on hard courts.
Evans could be a potential late bloomer and seems to be finally living up to the expectations created around him.
His elusive first ATP Tour title seems to be coming closer, and 2020 could finally be the year.
That being said, Rublev still seems to hold a slight edge for this matchup.
The young Russian has long been tabbed as one of tennis’ stars of the future.
He has now made into the top 20 for the first time in his career, and there is enough potential to climb even higher up the order.
Rublev’s playing style will likely have him dictating the pace of the match.
Evans is definitely going to put up a fight, which means that a three-setter is the most likely outcome.
However, Rublev should be the one coming out on top of this one.
Prediction: Rublev, 2-1.
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