ATP Rotterdam final preview: Marton Fucsovics vs Andrey Rublev
Photo: Hans van der Valk

Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics faces fourth seed Andrey Rublev in the championship match of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Fucsovics has stormed through the draw, winning five of his six matches in straight sets. He's beaten Arthur Rinderknech and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in qualifying and then defeated Reilly Opelka, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Tommy Paul and Borna Coric to reach the final.

Rublev has also dropped just one set as he knocked off Marcos Giron, Andy Murray, qualifier Jeremy Chardy and second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his fourth straight ATP World Tour 500 final.

This is the third career meeting between Fucsovics and Rublev with each man winning once, but both previous matches were played on clay.


Both men will look to dictate from the baseline with Rublev holding a tremendous edge in power. His forehand is one of the best in the game and Fucsovics will need to hang in the rallies and try to force the Russian into errors by playing long points.

The Hungarian is playing with a ton of confidence and his precise groundstrokes could force Rublev into overhitting. He also has the edge in movement as he will need to mix up his patterns to keep the fourth seed off-balance.

Another big factor will be the Fucsovics backhand. While he is excellent off of both sides, he will want to stay away from the Russian's forehand at all costs. He may also want to come to net as he has shown proficiency up there during the tournament.


These have been the two best players all week and they have looked dominant through most of the event. How Fucsovics plays the Rublev forehand and how in control the Russian is of his power will be critical to the match.

It should be a great contest that could very well come down to the last few points, but Rublev is on fire at 500 events and he'll likely squeak out a close victory in the end.

Prediction: Andrey Rublev in three very close sets