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Aslan Karatsev vs Andrey Rublev Odds & Prediction – Dubai Open Semifinals

Stephanie Myles

by Stephanie Myles in Tennis

Updated Mar 19, 2021 · 1:54 PM PDT

Russia's ATP Cup winners Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev and Evgeny Donsky pose with their trophy after defeating Italy in the final in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
  • Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev each have just two losses on the season
  • Karatsev has played one extra match and averaged an hour more per match than his younger opponent
  • Rublev is the big favorite. We break down how the upstart Karatsev might bring value

Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev are two of the winningest players on the ATP Tour so far in 2021.

Rublev is 16-2 on the season (including two bonus walkover wins last week in Doha).

That puts him No. 2 on the list behind the undefeated Novak Djokovic (9-0)

Karatsev, a wild card, is fourth on the list at 10-2. The only two players he has lost to in 2021 are Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.

Aslan Karatsev vs Andrey Rublev Odds

Player Spread Moneyline Total at DraftKings
[WC] Aslan Karatsev (RUS) +4.5 (-134) +340 O 21.5 (-143)
[2] Andrey Rublev (RUS) -4.5 (+106) -455 U 21.5 (+114)

Odds taken March 18 

Victorious Doubles Partners Last Week

Karatsev and Rublev played one doubles match at the ATP Cup together.

Then they paired up in Doha last week – and won the tournament without dropping a set.

Rublev the Pre-Tournament Favorite

Nothing Rublev has done so far in this event should make anyone who took him at +300 before the event began nervous.

In the absence of Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, he was far and away the favorite to win.

Still, if you had Karatsev – at +5000 – it wasn’t a bad play.

The winner will play either No. 3 seed Denis Shapovalov or qualifier Lloyd Harris in the final.

First Career Meeting Between Karatsev and Rublev

The two have never played each other. But they’ve gotten to know each other.

Karatsev was the captain of the victorious Russian ATP Cup squad to start the Melbourne summer. And Rublev, four years younger, remembered him as one of the most talented players in Russia at a young age, who went afield for a few years but came on at the end of 2020.

“I just need to play my game, nothing more special. I don’t know why, but I’m really excited to play this match because Aslan is playing really well now. He’s full of confidence and I want to see how he’s playing,” Rublev said. “I want to challenge myself, because he’s winning really great matches.”

Karatsev is only the second wild card since 1998 to reach the semifinals in Dubai.

Aslan Karatsev vs Andrey Rublev Head-to-Head

Aslan Karatsev
Andrey Rublev
27 (Sept. 4, 1993) Age 23 (Oct. 20, 1997)
Vladikavkaz, Russia Birthplace Moscow, Russia
6-1 Height 6-2
0 Career ATP Singles Titles 8
No. 42 (Feb. 22, 2021) Career High Ranking No. 8 (Oct. 19, 2020)
No. 42 Current Ranking No. 8
$1,159,509 Career Prize Money $7,679,718
10-2 2021 Won/Loss record 16-2

A Lot More Tennis for Karatsev This Week

Karatsev has made more prize money in 2 1/2 months ($606,745 US) than he did during his entire professional career before that ($552,764).

He played his first pro event all the way back in 2009.

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This week, he’s had to work a lot harder than his opponent to get to the semifinals.

Rublev, who had a bye in the first round, has played one fewer match. And he has averaged a full hour less per match as Karatsev has gone three sets in three of his four previous rounds.

Meanwhile, Rublev hasn’t dropped a set.

Aslan Karatsev vs Andrey Rublev: Tournament Comparisons

Player Aces/DFs Avg. Match Time Total Sets W/L 1st/2nd Serve pts % Won Break pts Converted
Aslan Karatsev 25/21 2h16 8/3 75% / 53% 51.6%
Andrey Rublev 20/6 1h16 6/0 82% / 64% 42.3%

Rublev’s Insane Record in 500 Tournaments

If Rublev hasn’t yet had that major breakthrough in a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam tournament, he is running quite the streak in the 500-level events.

The first three titles came back to back last fall – a 15-match win streak.

Andrey Rublev in ATP 500s

Tournament No. of wins Result
Dubai 2021 3 SF (so far)
Rotterdam 2021 5 Champion
Vienna 2020 5 Champion
St. Petersburg 2020 5 Champion
Hamburg 2020 5 Champion

Rublev the Strong Favorite

Given how well Karatsev has been playing, it’s somewhat surprising that Rublev is so heavily favored.

Perhaps it’s his record in 500-level tournaments or the ease with which he has dispatched his first three opponents.

But Karatsev has waited for these big moments his entire career, so he won’t be beaten physically.

It took him a while to get used to Jannik Sinner’s pace in their quarterfinal Thursday. It could be the same against Rublev, which is why we think he might be able to pull out the second set (+245).

Still, the younger Russian is the better player at this stage – fresh, serving really well and eager to add a ninth title to his resume.

Best Bet: Rublev in three sets (+300)

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