Ryan Harrison vs. Daniil Medvedev
|Date & Time||Thursday August 23, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Daniil Medvedev and Ryan Harrison meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Winston-Salem Open.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a straight sets win over Guido Andreozzi that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 75 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 63 percent of his total service points and 48 percent of his return points. Medvedev has displayed a real balanced attack up to this point and it’s helped him win all three of his matches straight sets. Medvedev has now won 10 of his last 14 sets played. Medvedev has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Sydney International back in January. Medvedev has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
Ryan Harrison is coming off a straight sets win over Filip Krajinovic that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Harrison won 78 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Harrison won 72 percent of his total service points and saved three of his four break points. Harrison has been highly effective with his serve in his last two matches and a lot of it has to do with getting a high percentage of first serves in play. Harrison has turned his season around in US tournaments and no longer looks like the player who once lost eight matches in 10 tries. Harrison now has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the second time in three tries. Harrison has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2016 Ilkley Challenger, a match Harrison won in three sets. The match took 33 games to be decided.
Like Steve Johnson, Harrison has been a different player when playing on US soil. I’m not sure if the crowd helps that much or it just relaxes him, but Harrison isn’t the same player he was a a month or two ago. With Harrison serving the way he is, he should be able to grind out a victory. Medvedev is playing well, but he’s had a hard time sustaining success and his second serve is breakable.
I like Harrison to get the job done here.