Novak Djokovic vs. Daniil Medvedev
|Date & Time||Friday April 19, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
Monte Carlo Country Club
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Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Taylor Fritz that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 70 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 64 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 10 break points. It was one of the more complete performances from Djokovic in quite some time and it included him winning each of the last seven games. Djokovic has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since winning the Australian Open. Djokovic hopes to make his first Monte Carlo semifinal since 2015 and his seventh Masters 1000 semifinal since 2017. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 12 matches on clay court.
Daniil Medvedev is coming off a three sets win over Stefanos Tsitsipas that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Medvedev won 80 percent of his first serve points and 51 percent of his second serve points. Medvedev won 62 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. Medvedev has won six of his seven sets this tournament and has produced a combined 15 breaks. As long as the success with his return continues, Medvedev is going to have a chance to win this match. Medvedev has two career wins over top-10 players. Medvedev has a chance to make his first ever semifinal appearance in a Masters 1000. Medvedev has split his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played three times and Djokovic has won all three meetings, including the most recent match in this years Australian Open. The other matches took place in Eastbourne in 2017 and a 2017 Davis Cup match. Medvedev won a set against Djokovic in two of the three matches.
Medvedev can obviously take it to Djokovic and make this match competitive, but his serve is less of a factor on clay and it’s going to force him to win a lot of long rallies if he’s going to advance. Djokovic made light work in his last round and it feels like he’s starting to find that consistency again that makes him so scary. This is a match that should favor Djokovic with these slower clay courts.
Djokovic makes the semifinals on Monte Carlo for the eighth time in his last 11 appearances.