Martin Klizan vs. Daniil Medvedev
|Date & Time||Friday February 8, 2019, 6:00 AM (EST)|
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Martin Klizan and Daniil Medvedev meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Sofia Open.
Martin Klizan is coming off a straight sets win over Daniel Brands that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Klizan won 74 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Klizan won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Klizan has played a little over three hours combined in his last two matches, and he’s been able to get the best of majority of the big points. If that continues, Klizan has to like his chances of an even deeper tournament run. Klizan has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since making the final in St. Petersburg last September. Klizan has won five of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a three sets win over Robin Haase that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 86 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his six break points. Medvedev had his chances to win the match in straight sets like I predicted, but he was broken twice when trying to close out the first set. The good news is Medvedev dominated the remainder of the match and continues to quietly be one of the more consistent players over the last few months. If Medvedev plays the way he played his last two sets, he has to be a strong candidate to win this tournament. Medvedev has won seven of his last 10 matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Tokyo of last year, a match Medvedev won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to be decided.
Klizan has been clutch in his first two matches and is winning majority of the big points in what have been tight matches. The problem is Medvedev is quickly becoming a balanced, consistent player who is getting harder and harder to bet against. When Medvedev is hitting his spots and having this sort of success with his return, he’s somebody few want to play. Not to mention these indoor hard courts favor his game tremendously.
I’m backing Medvedev yet again.