Daniil Medvedev vs. Kevin Anderson - 2020 Vienna Open Quarter-Final
Friday October 30th, 2020 / 9:00am EST
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Fourth seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev faces the South African veteran Kevin Anderson in the Quarter-Finals of the 2020 Vienna Open in Austria. The match will take place on Friday October 30th, 2020 at 9:00am EST. Medvedev has been struggling recently and Anderson seems to have regained his form and confidence. Who will win this match and advance to the Semi-Finals?
Daniil Medvedev has been struggling mightily over the past few weeks. After his loss in the US Open Quarter-Finals, he lost in the First Round of Hamburg and the French Open, and the Second Round of St. Petersburg. He has seemed in decent form here in Vienna, winning his first match convincingly over Jason Jung but struggling to beat Vasek Pospisil after coming from a set down. He will still be relieved to end that long streak of poor form but will need to further improve if he is go get any further. His serve was dominant against the Canadian and he will need that against Anderson, knowing that breaks will be hard to come by. Medvedev is one of the best returners on tour, and will be hoping to create break opportunities that will be crucial tomorrow.
Kevin Anderson has had a miserable 2019 and 2020 with injuries and poor form. He seems to have hit his stride here in Vienna however, and seems that he is finally ready to return to his glory days when he was once a Top 5 player. He was lucky to win his First Round match, saving three consecutive match points in defeating Dennis Novak but was hugely impressive in his upset win over the in-form Pablo Carreno-Busta. His huge serve is obviously his biggest weapon, and when it is clicking he can be extremely difficult to beat. He has served 32 aces in the two matches so far and will be hoping for another dominant serving display.
On paper this seems like a mismatch, but the higher ranked Medvedev has been struggling while Anderson has been surging. Despite this, I am going to go with the Russian to get the win here. This is a difficult one to call given his struggles but he is certainly the better player and will have regained some of his confidence with his victories here. I expect it to be a tight match with only a break or two separating them. Daniil Medvedev to win.