Frances Tiafoe vs. Daniil Medvedev
|Date & Time||Thursday August 1, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium
Washington DC, USA
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Russian tennis superstar, Daniil Medvedev has made it into the third round at the 2019 ATP Citi Open in Washington D.C. At this stage of the tournament, Medvedev is set to play against Frances Tiafoe from the United States.
Frances Tiafoe defeated Alexander Bublik in straight sets in the previous round. It was a good display where Tiafoe impressed with his receiving. Frances Tiafoe won 49% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid from Frances Tiafoe as he won 80% of his service games. Frances Tiafoe has been in poor form in recent times as the American has a record of 2-5 since the start of the French Open. This is expected to be a very tough match for Frances Tiafoe as he is playing against the number 3 seed.
Looking at Daniil Medvedev, the Russian looked very impressive as he won his previous match in straight sets. The serving was very strong by Medvedev as he hit 7 aces which helped him win 72% of his service points. Daniil Medvedev won all of his service games and 2 return games to secure a comfortable win. It has been a relatively strong few months for Daniil Medvedev as he made the semifinals of the Queen’s Club Championships, the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters and the final of the Barcelona Open. During these tournaments, Medvedev defeated top players like Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Considering his recent form, Daniil Medvedev will be tough to defeat.
Daniil Medvedev and Frances Tiafoe have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2015 at Nice. Frances Tiafoe won that match in straight sets.
Frances Tiafoe has been playing poorly in recent months as the American has struggled to find any rhythm. In comparison, Daniil Medvedev has been playing well and the Russian looks very confident. Medvedev has established himself as an elite player and I see him being too strong for Frances Tiafoe in this match.