On Wednesday, the second round of the Astana Open will feature Chinese qualifier Zhang Zhizhen versus fifth seed Andrey Rublev.
Rublev has already won three championships this year and advanced to the quarterfinals of two Grand Slam tournaments. The most recent of these was in the US Open, where he defeated Cameron Norrie, Laslo Djere, Kwon Soon-woo, and Denis Shapovalov. However, in the round of eight, he fell to Frances Tiafoe, the 22nd seed, 7-6(3), 7-6(0), and 6-4. Rublev then defeated Laslo Djere 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Astana Open as the fifth seed.
This season, Zhang Zhizhen has primarily participated on the ATP Challenger Tour. With victories over Cem Ilkel and Aleksandr Nedovyesov, he earned a spot in the Astana Open’s main event. In the opening round of the competition, the Chinese player met Aslan Karatsev and overcame a set deficit to defeat him 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16.
Rublev vs Zhizhen Match Details
Tournament: Astana Open
Date: October 45 2022
Venue: Astana, Kazakhstan
Round: First round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: $3,728,045
Rublev vs Zhizhen Head-to-Head Record
This will be their first encounter so the head-to-head is at 0-0.
Rublev vs Zhizhen Prediction
Zhang has recently played a lot of tennis and will feel the impact of it. Rublev is a better player and will be more rested going into the game. He ought to be able to triumph and go to the Astana Open quarterfinals.
Prediction: Rublev to win in straight sets
Rublev Last three performances
- Astana Open: First round- b. Djere 6-4, 6-3
- US Open: Quarterfinal- l. Tiafoe 6-7(3), 6-7(0), 4-6
- US Open: Fourth round- b. Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Zhizhen Last three performances
- Astana Open: First round- b. Karatsev 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
- US Open: First round- l. van Rijthoven 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-7(9), 1-6, 4-6
- Grodzisk Challenger: Final- l. Machac 6-1, 3-6, 2-6
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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