The Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells men’s final is set. World No. 27 and number one ranked British player on tour, Kyle Edmund, will meet rising 21-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev for the title. While each of the finalists has faced tough competition in Indian Wells, they have outclassed all of their opponents and emerged as the clear two best players in the tournament.
For Kyle Edmund, this week’s tournament is the first on-court action he’s seen in over five weeks. After nursing a knee energy following the Australian Open, Edmund is hoping to kick-start his 2019 campaign with an Oracle Challenger Series title. He has looked fantastic in his return, dismissing Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo in straight sets in the first round, followed by Lukáš Rosol, Yannick Maden and Lloyd Harris. An Australian Open semi-finalist, Edmund is no stranger to the big stage. He will try to lean on his experience in tomorrow’s final, as he meets a much younger competitor in the 21-year-old Rublev.
Rublev has had arguably the most impressive week of any player at the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells, dominating each of his opponents along the way. He is yet to drop a set, defeating John-Patrick Smith, Peter Polansky, Alex Bolt and Dan Evans. While Rublev has looked relatively unbeatable in his matches, the matchup with Edmund provides a clear step up in competition. That being said, Rublev is accustomed to taking down higher ranked opponents. Throughout his career, he has notched victories over David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Goffin. Tomorrow, he’ll look to add Edmund to his list of surprising triumphs.
Don’t miss any of tomorrow’s action, as Kyle Edmund takes on Andrey Rublev for the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells title!