Andrey Rublev vs. Daniil Medvedev - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Quarter-Final
Wednesday, February 17 2021
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Daniil Medvedev (4) meets Andrey Rublev (7) in the quarter finals of the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday, February 17th 2021.
Who will come out on top in this All-Russian clash in the quarterfinals? Will it be Daniil Medvedev who has won 18 straight matches, or Andrey Rublev who is on a 8 match winning streak?
Daniil Medvedev came through a straight sets victory over MacKenzie McDonald in the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open, beating the American 6-4/6-2/6-3. Medvedev was in great form from start to finish in that match, and unlike his third round match which saw him lose two sets after being 2-0 up, he maintained his composure and foot on the pedal when winning. Medvedev is definitely one of the favourites to win the tournament this year, but now that it is getting to the business end of the tournament, he will need to ensure he is constantly on top of his game from start to finish.
Andrey Rublev was cruising through his match against Casper Ruud on Monday in the fourth round, beating the young star 2-0, 6-2/7-6, before Casper Ruud had to retire form the match due to an abdominal strain. Rublev has been in great form all tournament, and he has yet to lose a set, alongside the likes of Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov. Andrey Rublev is a one of a kind player, and I expect this to be a very solid tournament for him this week, but is he going to get through one of his best friends in Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday?
This is going to be the fourth meeting between both players, with Daniil Medvedev leading the head to head 3-0. Although the head to head stands clearly in favour of Medvedev, Andrey Rublev is going to be a real threat here. I expect this to be a tight match, with opportunities for both players to win, and it is very hard to pick a winner. One thing which I am sure of, is that this is going to be a very lengthy match, a 5-setter in my opinion.