Daniil Medvedev vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina - 2021 Madrid Open Second Round
Wednesday May 5th 2021
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Second seeded Daniil Medvedev will face unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain in the 2021 Madrid Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday May 5th, 2021 at approximately 5:00am EST.
This is another interesting Second Round matchup here in Madrid, can the unseeded hometown hero cause the massive upset? Or will the world number three finally turn his fortunes around on clay and advance here?
Danill Medvedev makes his return to the ATP Tour here at the 2021 Madrid Open. After a long bout with COVID-19 he gets set to start his clay court season, a surface that he has struggled with throughout his entire career. He has established himself as one of the best players in the world but however will face a very strong opponent here in Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and will have to be at his best to get the win here. Serious questions remain about his match readiness and fitness, not to mention the fact that he has struggled to get wins on clay in the past few years. While he enters this match as the favorite, there is serious potential for an upset here.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is considered one of the most promising young players in world tennis and is currently ranked a career-high #48. He has been having a strong season so far, notably reaching his first ATP-1000 Final at the Monte-Carlo Masters. He impressively overcome Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three tiebreak sets in the First Round, and with his aggressive baseline game will be backing himself to win here.
This match is sure to be entertaining, and has the potential to be an extremely close one. It really can go either way and due to the uncertainty surrounding Medvedev, it is tempting to go with the upset here. However I think that the Russian has enough quality to squeeze through here, though it is unlikely that he will go far here in Madrid. Expect a close battle, with the world number three barely scraping through.