Daniil Medvedev vs. Reilly Opelka
|Date & Time||Monday March 25, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Daniil Medvedev and Reilly Opelka meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 92 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 16 break points. Medvedev dropped just two of 26 first serve points, and when he’s hitting his spots with his serve, the rest of his game seems to fall in place. Medvedev has a chance to win at least two matches in a single tournament for the fifth time in his last seven tries. Medvedev also has a chance to make the fourth round of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career. Medvedev has split his last four matches on outdoor hard court.
Reilly Opelka is coming off a three sets win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Opelka won 72 percent of his first serve points and 41 percent of his second serve points. Opelka won 58 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 12 break points. Opelka is capable of serving at a much higher level, and he’ll have to here in order to advance any further in this tournament. Opelka has a chance to win at least three matches in a single tournament for the third time in his last five tries. Opelka also has a chance to make the fourth round of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career. Opelka has won five of his last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Washington of 2017, a match Medvedev won in three sets. The match took 35 games to be decided.
Opelka is capable of winning a match like this when he serves well, but his last performance is concerning. We know what we’re going to get with Medvedev, and that makes him a lot easier to trust, especially on the big stage. Opelka is still a little green to matches like this and it’s no surprise when nerves get the best of him.
Medvedev reaches his first career fourth round in a Masters 1000.