For the Spaniard, the tournament in the United Arab Emirates is the second on the Arabian Peninsula. Before Dubai, the Spaniard played three matches in Doha, where he was stronger than Frenchman Lestienne and Korean Kwon Sung Wu, but weaker than Canadian Auger-Aliassime. In the first round of Dubai, Alejandro played against Tunisia’s Malik Jaziri, the world’s 444th racket. The match proved elusive, with Malik only managing to win two games per match, winning the Spaniard’s 6-2, 6-0. Alejandro’s stats in this game: 5/0 Aces/Double Faults, 85%/62% First Serves and 50%/71% Returns, 19/7 Winners/Enfers. The stats are excellent, but let’s not forget that Jaziri is an ATP top 500 player and the Pyrenean has a match ahead of him against a top 10 tennis player.

As we expected, Rublev made it through the first round without any problems. Recall that Andrey’s rival at this stage was the Serbian Filip Krajnovic, 70th in the ranking. The match lasted an hour and a half, Andrey won it with the result of 7:5, 6:2. Rublev’s stats against the Balkans: 8/1 aces/doubles, 90%/56% serves, 36%/61% return stats, 28/12 winners/executors. Let’s not forget that Andrei is the winner of the last tournament in Dubai, so it’s not even worth talking about the high motivation of the Russian, besides, the motivation to win the match against the Spaniard and the tournament as a whole increases due to the absent dispute with Daniil Medvedev over the status of the country’s first racket.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Fokin’s Davidovich 29 12 6 6
Andrei Rublev 5 eleven 6 5

The only match between Alejandro and Andrey took place at Roland Garros 2020, then the guys crossed in the 1/32 finals. Rublev won the fight 3-1 (7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1) in two hours and 13 minutes.

The first match at the tournament in Dubai showed that Andrei Rublev is in good shape, the competition in Doha became a sort of test for Rublev before the main event at this stage, because defending the title for Rublev is extremely important in the United Arab Emirates. The squad in Dubai is decent, with the exception of Medvedev, Djokovic, Auger-Aliassime, Zverev, Gurkach, Khachanov who came to Arabia, so there are enough strong rivals. And this suggests that Andrey should not spend extra effort in the first rounds of the competition and stay fresh in the higher stages. We offer the following betting options for the match Davidovich Fokina – Rublev:

The main prediction is an exact score of 0:2 for 1.90