Daniil Medvedev continues his bid for a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open when he faces Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez in the second round on Thursday.
Daniil Medvedev ?? vs Pedro Martinez ?? Match Info
Date: Thursday January 23
Tournament: Australian Open R2
Court: Margaret Court Arena
Time: 12.30pm local time (1.30am GMT)
Daniil Medvedev vs Pedro Martinez Head-to-Head
Daniil Medvedev vs Pedro Martinez Match Preview
Playing a Grand Slam as a top four seed for the first time, Medvedev overcame one of the more challenging first round opponents to safely book his place in the second round on Tuesday night.
Medvedev came up against rising star Frances Tiafoe, last year’s Australian Open quarter-finalist and one of the most electric – and inconsistent – players on tour. The American threatened to cause the upset when he fought back to level the scores at one-set all, but Medvedev’s maddening consistency and depth from the baseline was ultimately too much for Tiafoe to handle. Medvedev broke to snatch the third set and proceeded to run away with the fourth, hitting 42 winners and breaking Tiafoe’s serve on nine occasions.
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“[I am] happy with the win because that’s most important. First round of a Grand Slam, never easy,” said Medvedev.
“Sometimes the most important [thing] is to really not show some crazy level or crazy shots, but just to win the match, get into the tournament. It was a tough match against Frances, but happy to win it in four sets without playing five hours.”
After losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open last year, Medvedev is looking to break through and capture his first major title over the next fortnight in Melbourne.
Medvedev led the tour in match wins in 2019 with 59 overall, including a whopping 46 on hardcourt. The 23-year-old reached a total of nine finals, including six straight between July and October, winning four titles at the Cincinnati and Shanghai Masters, along with Sofia and St. Petersburg, while his biggest result came at the U.S. Open, where he advanced to his maiden slam final and pushed Rafael Nadal all the way in a pulsating five-set final.
Fatigue caught up with Medvedev at the end of the season as he lost all three of his ATP Finals group matches, but he’s looking fresh and ready to back up everything he achieved in 2020, winning four of his five matches to start 2020 after representing Russia at the ATP Cup, with his only loss coming in three sets to Djokovic.
Meanwhile, his opponent on Thursday – Pedro Martinez of Spain – won his very first tour-level match in the opening round of the Australian Open, taking out Dominik Koepfer (who made the U.S. Open R16 last year) in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 7-5. Martinez last week qualified for the Australian Open main draw with straight set wins over Julian Lenz, Juan Pablo Varillas and the experienced Lukas Rosol.
Working with countryman Daniel-Gimeno Traver in Melbourne this week, Martinez reached his career-high ranking of No. 126 midway through last season after finishing runner-up at the Alicante Challenger and making the semi-finals of the Lisbon Challenger, while he also qualified for his first Grand Slam at Roland Garros, losing to Henri Laaksonen in the opening round. The 22-year-old didn’t make it past the quarter-finals of another Challenger event for the rest of the year as his ranking fell to No. 168, but he’s started off 2020 in the best possible fashion and has nothing to lose against the fourth seed on Thursday.
Daniil Medvedev vs Pedro Martinez Prediction
Martinez is your typical Spanish player – he loves clay, using the drop shot and grinding away from the back of the court. Unfortunately, those attributes aren’t going to help against Medvedev, who simply does all of that far better. Martinez will need to be more aggressive than he’s comfortable with to make an impact in this match, but the reality is Medvedev will be probably be winning this in easy straight sets.