Robin Haase vs. Daniil Medvedev
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 6:00 AM (EST)|
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Robin Haase and Daniil Medvedev meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Sofia Open.
Robin Haase is coming off a straight sets win over Dimitar Kuzmanov that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Haase won 78 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Haase won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his eight break points. Haase had one of his better serving performances in quite some time and it was needed considering he’s had no recent success on the main tour. Haase has really struggled since making the quarterfinals in Toronto, so he can certainly use any sort of confidence boosting performances he can get at this point. An upset win here would do wonders for the 31-year-old. Haase has a chance to win back-to-back matches in a single tournament for the first time since Cincinnati. Haase has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Daniil Medvedev is fresh off winning his only Davis Cup match, and he enters his first main tour tournament since being bounced in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Medvedev has quietly been one of the hotter players on tour when you consider he’s won 12 of his last 17 matches and was one of two players to take a set off Novak Djokovic in Australia. Medvedev is hitting the ball with confidence at the moment and has improved as a returner as well. Medvedev is quickly becoming a more complete player and is starting to believe he deserves to be on the big stage competing for titles. Medvedev has to like his chances to make another deep tournament run, possible leaving with the title. Medvedev has won four of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Medvedev has won two of those matches. The most recent showing was in Rome of last year, a match Haase won in three sets. The is the first meeting on hard court. All three matches between Haase and Medvedev have gone the distance.
Previous matches between these two have obviously been tight, but Haase is a shell of himself at the moment and has shown no signs of turning things around, even with his recent victory. I have to see more before I believe it. Medvedev has been one of the more consistent players the last couple of months and should have a field day if he’s hitting his spots the way he has recently.
I’ll take Medvedev to win this match in straight sets, the first quick match between these two players.