Alexander Zverev vs Andrey Rublev: Preview
German Alexander Zverev has had an outstanding season so far. He has won three titles in three different categories. First of all, the 24-year-old claimed a 500-level title at the Acapulco Open. Afterwards, he captured the fourth Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Masters and singles Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
For reaching the second Masters 1000 final of the season, Zverev outlasted No.3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, No.8 seed Casper Ruud, Guido Pella, and Lloyd Harris in Cincinnati.
On the other hand, Russian Andrey Rublev also has had an excellent season. He won his eighth ATP Tour-level title at the Rotterdam Open. Later on, he made his ATP Masters 1000 final debut at the Monte Carlo Masters and reached his first-ever grass-court championship match at the Halle Open.
Notably, Rublev and his mixed event partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova clinched a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Alexander Zverev vs Andrey Rublev: Head-To-Head
Zverev and Rublev have faced each other four times, especially three-time on hard courts. German leads Russian 4-0 in their head-to-head series. In the most recent meeting, World No.5 defeated World No.7 in straight sets(6-4, 6-4, 6-4) at the 2020 Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev vs Andrey Rublev: Prediction
According to his hardcourt experience, recent performances, and winning streak(10 matches), Zverev is a favourite to win this championship.
At the same time, Rublev will exhibit the same performance in this battle as the Daniil Medvedev semi-final showdown. There is a big chance to lift his first Masters 1000 title on the bank of the Ohio River.
Match Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in the three sets(2-1).