For the Dutchman, the tournament in the United Arab Emirates is the second on Arab soil. In Doha, Botik defeated Ivashka in straight sets but lost to Frenchman Muller in the same two sets. In Dubai, the Dutchman played two matches, both of course he won, first in two matches with his compatriot Andrei Karen Khachanov, and then in three sets with the Swede Mikael Ymer. The match against the Swede lasted two hours and 34 minutes, Botik won it with the score 3:6, 6:3, 6:3. Over the course of the match, Botik served seven times with three double faults, scored 63% on the first serve and 54% on the second, receiving stats: 45%/52%, winning/forcing stats 32/30.

Andrei spent a long match with Spaniard Davidovich Fokin. Rublev trivially failed the first set, losing it 1:6. Then the Russian collected his thoughts, rebuilt the game and took the victory, defeating the Pyrenean in both matches in tie-breaks. Total match lasted two hours and 27 minutes, Rublev’s stats 12/2 aces/doubles, 76%/58% serve points, 30%/34% return points, 32/15 winners/executors. Let’s not forget that Andriy in Dubai is fighting not only for points and defending his title, but also for the status of the first racket in the country. In order to stay at the top, Rublev needs to play no worse than Medvedev in the United Arab Emirates.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Van de Zandshulp 33 eleven 7 4
Andrei Rublev 6 12 7 5

Botik and Andrey played together twice. Both head-to-head matches took place on char, but Botik won both on induras, first in 2017 in Rotterdam and then in 2021 in St. Petersburg.

Despite the fact that Rublev was unable to beat the Spaniard in the round of 16 in straight sets, it must be said that Andrei had a quality fight with Alejandro. Rublev in Dubai is set for the maximum score, and the next opponent, in the event of a victory over the Dutchman, will probably be Zverev. It is on the question of whether freshness will not hurt the Russian in the semi-finals that it is important to beat Botik in two matches. Well, Rublev seems to be thinking of revenge, because so far Andrei has not won against Botik in personal meetings. We believe that Rublev will get a landslide victory over his opponent on Thursday.

The main prediction is for Rublev to win with a handicap (-2.5) at 1.66