Seventh seed Andrey Rublev and unseeded Aslan Karatsev will square off in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The winner will advance to the third round where a tie with either the wildcard David Goffin or qualifier Tomas Barrios awaits. Rublev has lost in the second round here more times than he has advanced. He will hope not to fall into this trap again. The Russian began the tournament in emphatic fashion, defeating Max Purcell in straight sets in the opening round. This was the world number seven’s 32nd win of the season and the fifth on grass. Rublev has only once made it to the second week of competition at the All England Club. He has also never gone past the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam and will hope to change that in this tournament.
Aslan Karatsev won the first and only time that he and Rublev were matched against one another. This was in Dubai in 2021 and he will hope for the same outcome here. Karatsev is through to the second round here for the first time in what is his fourth appearance. Before this season, he had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon and needed to come from behind to achieve this feat. In his first-round showdown with Luca Van Assche, Karatsev lost the opening set before bouncing back to win the next three. The win was his 22nd of the season and helped him move up two places to number 48 in the live ranking. Karatsev has always struggled on grass in his career. But this season he has managed to win more matches than he has ever won in a season on the surface. He however still is on a losing record on grass in his career.
Rublev won his first-round match in straight sets, this match though will not be as straightforward. This is because Karatsev has defeated him in their only other previous encounter. Karatsev is also performing better on grass this year than in seasons past. Our prediction for Andrey Rublev v Aslan Karatsev is for Rublev to win.