Daniil Medvedev vs. Gilles Simon - 2/21/20 Marseille Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Predictions
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Friday, February 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Marseille)
Daniil Medvedev meets Frenchman, Gilles Simon, in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Marseille Open. Will Medvedev finally beat a Frenchman on home soil?
Daniil Medvedev showed us some incredible determination and ability to comeback after he won against young Italian, Jannik Sinner, in the second-round. Medvedev was no where to be seen in the first-set, losing it 6-1. However, in the second and third set he was absolutely unstoppable. Medvedev began making returns, reading the Sinner serve, and not trying to finish points off too quickly. This allowed Medvedev to make Sinner overplay and make many mistakes. Medvedev won the next two sets 6-1/6-2 and booked his spot in the quarterfinals. Now Medvedev faces a tough opponent in Gilles Simon, and to add onto this, he has never beaten a Frenchman in France.
Gilles Simon was able to bear Aljaz Bedene in a tough two-set match. Simon was solid on his serve and he was able to continue his run here in Marseille. Simon is towards the latter end of his career, but he is still able to play incredibly well and put up a challenge because of his amazing returning game. Simon will want to win here in Marseille as it will be one of the last times he might be able to if he retires in the next few years.
This will be the third meeting between both players, with Simon having won both of their prior encounters. Medvedev is a much better player now and Simon knows it won't be the same as before. I believe Medvedev will break his losing streak against French players in France and he will book his spot in the semifinals.
Daniil Medvedev to win.