Hyeon Chung (@2.1) vs Andrey Rublev (@1.75)
25-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Andrey Rublev will win

Hyeon Chung – Andrey Rublev Match Prediction | 25-10-2019 10:00

Theyve never met before and should be a fun one to follow. Harsh: Both Schwartzman and Sandgren have quietly snuck into the third round. While Sandgren has had to work extremely hard in his first two rounds, Schwartzman has taken down his opponents pretty easily. The Argentine is a solid baseliner and while the crowd may not be on his side for this match, he should still progress to the round of 16.

And this match looks set to follow a similar pattern. Zverev should have the game to beat Aljaz Bedene and he probably will win the match, but it is hard to see him doing it straightforwardly. Jim: To the surprise of absolutely no one, Alexander Zverev made hard work of what looked like two eminently winnable matches as both Radu Albot and Frances Tiafoe extended him to five sets.

Offering their picks for this slate of matches are Jim Smith, Harsh Bhoot and Damian Kust. On day six at the US Open in New York, the remaining 16 men in the bottom half of the draw will battle for a place in the second week. Here at LWOT we are offering predictions for all eight matches, including Rafael Nadals clash with Hyeon Chung and Marin Cilics battle with John Isner.

The Spaniard played a five-setter himself in the first round, but backed that up with a swift 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Lorenzo Sonego in the second. But will that leave him short of energy up against Pablo Andujar? He has been striking the ball with conviction and looks in good shape to reach the second week. But he has dug out two gritty five-set wins in New York to reach the third round. Jim: After a great start to the North American summer swing, Alexander Bublik stalled a little.

Hyeon Chung (CDS) / Andrey Rublev (RUS)

Bubliks game is wildly inconsistent and the Spaniard is usually as solid as a rock. Damian: Andujars success at this years US Open has been quite surprising and he has a great shot to keep going. The Kazakh played two five-setters in his first two round and he might run out of steam if this one threatens to go the distance again.

Rublev in four sets. But despite that, Rublev should win this match. If he can reach anything like that level against Chung he will be lifting the trophy. He turned in a very poor performance against Chung in his second round robin match but aside from that has been almost perfect. Chung had the better of Rublev earlier in the week. His effort against Coric was exemplary.

Khachanov had failed to punish Corics slow start, but Rublev made no such mistake. But he had flirted with danger by dropping the first two sets against Karen Khachanov. He was dominant throughout and completed a 4-1 4-3 4-1 win to reach the final of the Next Gen Finals. There he faced Borna Coric, who had come through his round robin group without tasting defeat.

Harsh: Both players have looked so strong in their opening two rounds. Monfils too has posted great numbers on serve. Baseline rallies will be the key in this match and if the Canadian sticks to his attacking mode, he should come out on top. Shapovalov is yet to drop his serve in this tournament and is playing assuredly from the baseline.

He won it seven points to three to reach the semifinal. The pair split the opening two sets, with Shapovalov winning the second in a hard-fought tiebreak ten points to eight. He made amends for it with a good performance against Denis Shapovalov of Canada, which secured his spot in the semifinals. Rublev retook the lead by winning the third in the matchs second tiebreak, but Shapovalov sent it to a decider by winning the fourth 4-1. The decider went to another tiebreak, and just like in his first match Rublev was at his best when the pressure was on.

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Chung is something ofa weak server, struggling to generate pace despite his height of 62. An interesting battle could be between the serve. Neither man is particularly known for their returning skills, but it has become a key skill in this era and both men will look to take advantage of second serves. If he is unable to maintain a high first serve percentage then Rublev will surely be able to take advantage.

The Australian, meanwhile, has played well, but not looked entirely focused. He is also enjoying an excellent summer after a difficult spell due to injuries. Expect Rublev to punish that. His hard-hitting game stands to cause Kyrgios real problems. Jim: This match wont be short on fireworks. Both men are certainly characters, although Andrey Rublev, unlike Nick Kyrgios, is generally a model professional.

On the other hand, Pablo Andujar has battled impressively and seems to be enjoying his time on the court. Harsh: Following the exit of Dominic Thiem, this section of the draw has really opened up. The Spaniard should be winning this pairs first encounter, especially after the supreme performance he put in against Sonego. Few expected Bublik to reach the third round given his 2019.

Quinzi was imperious in the fourth, winning it 4-0, to bring the score level, but Rublev hung tough to win a deciding set tiebreaker seven points to three. After dropping the first set the Russian bounced back to win the next two 4-0 4-3 to take the lead in the match. But in his second match he was defeated comfortably, as mentioned above, by Chung, winning just four games in a three set rout. Rublev began his round robin with a hard fought win over Gianluigi Quinzi, the Italian wildcard.

Rublev, in contrast, is far more comfortable dictating from the baseline. His forehand and backhand are generallyrock solid and he is a terrific mover. Chung is very much in the mould of a defensive baseliner. Both men prefer to play from the baseline, albeit with different styles. His forehand is his best shot, and he is able to hit with both pace and angle off that wing. But his backhand has improved recently, and has developed into an offensive weapon this season in its own right. Whilst he lacks the power of many of his peers, he is able to play counterpunching tennis and thus use his opponents aggression against them.