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Medvedev vs Chardy ATP Rotterdam Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: In-form Medvedev faces Chardy in Rotterdam opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 12 Feb 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Jeremy Chardy is live from Rotterdam on Wednesday, 13 February from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am GMT
  • Chardy defeated Medvedev in their only previous meeting at Queen's last season
Daniil Medvedev. (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Looking to continue his superb start to the season, Russian young gun, Daniil Medvedev takes on Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Wednesday.

Medvedev is coming off a title run in Sofia, where he beat Robin Haase, Martin Klizan, Gael Monfils and Marton Fucsovics to lift his fifth career title, and stretch his impressive 2019 record to 11-2. 

The Russian had opened his season with a runner-up finish in Brisbane, taking out former top-ten stars, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before losing to Kei Nishikori, while he backed that up with another solid showing at the Australian Open, making the second week of a Slam for the first time before losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets. 

Medvedev's fantastic start to the year is a continuation of strides he took last season, where he won titles in Sydney, Winston-Salem and Tokyo, and broke into the top 20 for the first time. He led the tour in number of match wins on hard courts with 38, with just under half of that (17) coming indoors. He has yet again been devastating on the surface this year, with his hard flat serve and groundstrokes proving very difficult to handle.

Medvedev reached the quarter finals in his debut appearance in Rotterdam last season, coming through the qualifiers, and beating Daniel Muller and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the main draw before falling to Andreas Seppi. With the form he has shown this season, the world No. 16 will be confident of going further this year, and he gets his campaign underway with a first-round tie against Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday. 


Jeremy Chardy. (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
While he has not matched Medvedev's terrific start to the season, Chardy has been good this year, opening with a semi-final in Brisbane, where he scored a notable win over Nick Kyrgios, and reaching the quarter finals in his most recent tournament in Montpellier, where he pushed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all the way before falling 6-7 7-6 7-5 in a thrilling encounter. In between Brisbane and Montpellier, he fell to Andreas Seppi in the first round in Sydney, and was edged out in five sets by Alexander Zverev in the second round of the Australian Open. 

Chardy was sliding down the world rankings around this period last season, as he struggled to put wins together in the opening two months of the year, and was as low as 100th at the start of March, but solid fourth-round runs at Indian Wells and Miami got him back on track. He would go on to reach his third career final (and a first since 2009) in s-Hertogenbosch, where he lost to Richard Gasquet, and other semi-finals in Istanbul and Queen's. 

A fine grass-court season was followed by a poor second half of the year, as he went 5-10 from July to the end of the year. Despite that tame finish, he had done enough to secure a year-end ranking of 40th- the first time in three years he would finish a season inside the top 40.

Chardy has maintained that top 40 ranking at the start of the year, shifting between 35th and 36th, and he must surely be eying a return to the top 30 at some point this season- a height he hasn't reached since 2014. The Frenchman touched his career-high ranking of 25th in 2013.

Chardy scored a 7-6 6-3 victory over Medvedev in their only prior meeting at Queen's last year, but Medvedev is a transformed man these days, and has been winning these sort of matches all season. Chardy has obviously got weapons of his own, the serve and forehand being the outstanding qualities of his game, but with the form Medvedev's been in, the way he's serving and striking the ball off both wings, on an indoor hard court, it's hard not to back the Russian for another win on Wednesday.

Daniil Medvedev vs Jeremy Chardy is live from Rotterdam on Wednesday, 13 February from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am GMT

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Medvedev vs Chardy ATP Rotterdam Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: In-form Medvedev faces Chardy in Rotterdam opener

Daniil Medvedev begins his Rotterdam campaign on Wednesday when he takes on Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy. Will the Russian young gun continue his impressive start to the season? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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