Daniil Medvedev vs Frances Tiafoe - 2021 Miami Open Round of 16
Tuesday March 30th, 2021 / 2:15pm EST
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Top seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia will face unseeded American Frances Tiafoe in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Miami Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday March 30th, 2021 at 2:15pm EST.
Another blockbuster Round of 16 match awaits us here at the 2021 Miami Open. Daniil Medvedev has established himself as one of the best players in the world and is a strong contender at every event that he enters. Frances Tiafoe is a talented young player with a very flashy and aggressive game. Can the young American upset the top seed here in Miami? Or will Daniil Medvedev cruise through in his quest to claim a first Miami Open title?
Daniil Medvedev is currently ranked #2 in the world and is the number one seed here at the 2021 Miami Open. He has had a very strong start to the year in 2021, winning the title in Marseille and reaching the Australian Open Final. He has been in mixed form so far here in Miami, breezing through his Second Round match against Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets before defeating Alexei Popyrin in three sets in the Third Round. He was in complete control in that match, before seemingly losing focus and almost throwing the match away. He enters this match as the overwhelming favorite, but will have to be careful not to have a similar meltdown as Tiafoe is a very experience player and is not likely to allow him to recover from it.
Frances Tiafoe is a talented player with a huge baseline game. Currently ranked #58 in the world, he will be eager to continue his solid start to the season in an event to break into the top 30 again. He has also been in mixed form here in Miami so far, losing the opening set in all three of his matches before recovering to win. While he will have hoped to win the matches more convincingly, he will have taken a lot of confidence in his ability to fight back, and always backs himself regardless of the opponent. If Medvedev is not fully focused, Tiafoe has the game to be able to cause the upset, despite entering this match as the big underdog.
Despite his struggles against Popyrin, Daniil Medvedev should win this match and advance to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Miami Open. He will have taken that result as a wake up call, and knows that he cannot repeat the performance if he is to win this event. Expect Tiafoe to put up a colossal fight, but fall just short. Daniil Medvedev to win.