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Alexander Zverev vs Medvedev ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev aiming for fourth straight win over Medvedev

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Alexander Zverev vs Daniil Medvedev is live from Toronto at 2.00pm local time on Thursday (7.00pm BST)
  • Zverev has won all three previous encounters
Alexander Zverev (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev continues his Rogers Cup title defence on Thursday when he takes on fellow youngster Daniil Medvedev in the Round of 16 in Toronto.

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Cast your minds back to the start of the season: Sascha Zverev was struggling significantly, losing 6-0 in the fifth set to Hyeon Chung in the third round of the Australian Open and falling to World No. 85 Joao Sousa in his opening match at the Indian Wells. Questions were being asked as to whether Zverev was falling victim to the dreaded ‘second year syndrome’ and if he would be able to repeat his superb 2017 season in which he captured his first two ATP Masters 1000 titles in Rome and Montreal - along with more ATP titles in Washington, Munich and Montpellier.

Zverev found himself in a titanic tussle with Medvedev in his Miami Masters opener - and it really could have swung either way. If the Russian had prevailed, who knows how Zverev’s season would have turned out up to this point, but ultimately the German emerged triumphant in a deciding set tiebreak and went on to reach the final - kick-starting a season in which he returns to the Rogers Cup as the tour’s leader in total match wins.



Indeed, Zverev has gone on to successfully defend his Citi Open crown in Washington and BMW Open title in Munich, along with capturing his third Masters 1000 title in Madrid and reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros to cement his World No. 3 status.

After a disappointing third round exit to Ernests Gulbis at Wimbledon, Zverev is now on a six-match winning streak after beating Malek Jaziri, Mischa Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex de Minaur to retain his Washington D.C. title last week, while he opened his Rogers Cup title defence with a relatively straightforward 6-4 6-4 victory over American qualifier Bradley Klahn on Wednesday. After winning the Citi Open last season and beating Roger Federer to win the Montreal Masters, can Zverev do the same in Toronto this week?

Daniil Medvedev (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Medvedev could potentially have stopped Zverev in Miami - can the powerful young Russian go one step further and stun the German in Toronto on Thursday?


The 22-year-old hit his career-high ranking of No. 48 last season after a terrific grass swing in which he made quarter-finals in s-Hertogenbosch and Queen’s Club, the semi-finals of Eastbourne and the second round of Wimbledon after beating Stan Wawrinka. Medvedev appeared as if he was going to be among the crop of young guns creeping into the world’s top 30 this season after kicking off 2018 with a bang by winning his maiden ATP World Tour title at the Apia International in Sydney, defeating rising star Alex de Minaur in the final.

Medvedev went on to make the quarter-finals of Rotterdam and the third round at Indian Wells, but the Russian is still learning how to operate on clay at this level - and it showed as his momentum slowed with just one win during the entire clay season. Medvedev got back back on track with a third round showing at Wimbledon, but he arrived in Toronto down at No. 68 in the world - and was forced to come through qualifying as a result. But that wasn’t an issue at all, with Medvedev defeating Norbert Gombos and Mackenzie McDonald before conquering Jack Sock and spoiling the birthday celebrations of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the Round of 16.

Zverev has won all three of their previous meetings, all of which have been on hardcourt, but as mentioned, Medvedev was close to winning in Miami earlier this season. Under slightly different circumstances, I’d give the Russian a decent chance here, but he finished fairly late on Wednesday night, while Zverev cruised and is in outstanding form at the moment. The defending champion should be able to register a largely routine win on Thursday and advance into the quarter-finals.


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Alexander Zverev vs Medvedev ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Zverev aiming for fourth straight win over Medvedev

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev continues his Rogers Cup title defence on Thursday when he takes on fellow youngster Daniil Medvedev in the Round of 16 in Toronto.

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