Daniil Medvedev vs. Alexei Popyrin
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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Daniil Medvedev has made it into the third round at the 2020 Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Daniil Medvedev will compete against Alexei Popyrin from Australia.
Daniil Medvedev had an outstanding 2019 season where he defeated elite players like Djokovic and Zverev. Medvedev established himself as an elite player in 2019 and he has continued his good form in 2020. Daniil Medvedev led Team Russia to the semifinals at the ATP Cup and he has been playing extremely well at this event also. In the previous round, Daniil Medvedev defeated Pedro Martinez Portero in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Daniil Medvedev as he won 93% of his service games and 5 return games. The receiving was especially impressive from Daniil Medvedev as the Russian won close to 50% of her receiving points. Daniil Medvedev looks in supreme touch and he will be confident as he enters this match.
On the other side of the coin, Alexei Popyrin enters this match having defeated Jaume Munar in straight sets. It was a good match for Popyrin as he impressed with his serving. Alexei Popyrin won 70% of his service points which allowed him to win all of his service games. The Australian Open is a tough tournament and Alexei Popyrin must produce his best tennis if he wishes to compete with Daniil Medvedev in this match.
Daniil Medvedev and Alexei Popyrin have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2019 at Wimbledon where Daniil Medvedev won in 4 sets.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Daniil Medvedev to win this match. Alexei Popyrin is a supremely talented player but I don’t see him being at the level where he can compete with the top players in the world. Daniil Medvedev has shown his class over the past few years and I see him being a significantly stronger player than Alexei Popyrin. I am predicting that Daniil Medvedev will win this match in straight sets.