Daniil Medvedev vs. Radu Albot
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 17, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Monte Carlo Country Club
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Daniil Medvedev and Radu Albot meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Sousa that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 83 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his eight break points. Medvedev entered this tournament on a five-match losing streak on clay, but he looked sharp in his opening match that took less than an hour to complete. However, Medvedev has to be sharper with his serve, as he got just 45 percent of his first serves in play. Medvedev hopes to win at least to matches in six of his last eight tournaments. Medvedev has lost five of his last six matches on clay court.
Radu Albot is coming off a straight sets win over Aljaz Bedene that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Albot won 73 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Albot won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his six break points. Albot was nearly flawless with his serve in his opening match and really closed the door late where he won each of the last five games to finish the match. Albot has now won 13 of his last 15 matches if you include a few qualifying matches, so it’s fair to say he’s in terrific form at the moment. Albot hopes to win at least to matches in three of his last four tournaments Albot has lost four of his last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Albot is playing the more consistent tennis at the moment and was much sharper in his serve in his opening match. There’s a case that can be made for Albot to win this match. With that said, Medvedev should have the edge here with his power advantage and he’s become much more cosnsitent when it comes to beating the players he should beat. Looking at Medvedev’s recent losses, almost all of them have come against quality opponents. Medvedev wins the matches he should win.
So, I’ll give Medvedev the edge to advance.