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Medvedev vs Haase tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Medvedev faces powerful Haase in ATP Sofia opener

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 6 Feb 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev faces Robin Haase in the second round of the Sofia Open on Thursday
  • Medvedev vs Haase is live from Sofia on Thursday at 3pm local/1pm GMT
Daniil Medvedev (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

World no. 16 Daniil Medvedev aims to avenge his Rome Masters defeat to Robin Haase when the two clash for a place in the Sofia Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Third seed Daniil Medvedev will hope to avoid becoming the latest upset victim at the Sofia Open when he takes on powerful Robin Haase in Thursday’s second round.

With three of the top four seeds yet to take to the court at the time of writing, the 250-level Sofia Open has already experienced a couple of upsets in 2018, with fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili going out to Daniel Brands and defending champion Mirza Basic losing in the first round to Martin Klizan.

Medvedev in action during Russia's Davis Cup tie with Switzerland (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) 
Russia’s Medvedev is one of a trio of ‘Next Gen’ stars, alongside compatriot Karen Khachanov and Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, to headline the fourth edition of the Sofia Open.

Currently occupying a career-high ranking of world no. 16, Medvedev shot up the rankings throughout 2018 as he won three ATP Tour titles: A 250 in Sydney as a qualifier in January, beating Alex de Minaur in the final; a second 250 at the Winston-Salem Open in August where he ousted Steve Johnson; and most impressively the 500-level Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo in October where Medvedev qualified for the main draw before beating Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov and Kei Nishikori to claim the title.

Medvedev was also a semifinalist at the Swiss Indoors Basel and reached the third rounds of Wimbledon and the US Open, and has already begun to back up his breakthrough season in 2019. 

He did not attempt to defend his Sydney title, but reached the final of another 250, the Brisbane International, instead, beating Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Raonic (two of the three admittedly playing on protective rankings) before losing to Nishikori in the final. Like Tsitsipas, he comes into Sofia off the back of a strong Australian Open, reaching the round of 16 without dropping a set before giving eventual champion Novak Djokovic arguably his toughest test of the whole tournament, taking a set from the Serb before succumbing in four – but not before a lengthy, grueling tussle which saw Medvedev, impressively, actually outlasting Djokovic in some long rallies.

Unlike Tsitsipas, Medvedev did not take last week off, suiting up to represent Russia in their Davis Cup qualifier against Switzerland: He beat Henri Laaksonen 7-6(8), 6-7(6), 6-2, which – together with two singles wins from Karen Khachanov – was enough to put Russia through to November’s finals.

It’s a bit of a punishing schedule for Medvedev, but at least he has had some practice, not to mention one very competitive match, on indoor hard courts which should help him find his game for Thursday’s clash with Haase.

Robin Haase celebrates putting the Netherlands through to the Davis Cup Finals (MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Haase was also in Davis Cup action this weekend and played an absolutely pivotal role in putting the Netherlands through to November’s finals, not only scoring singles wins over Lukas Rosol and Jiri Lehecka but teaming up with accomplished doubles player Jean-Julien Rojer for a three-set victory over Rosol and Jiri Vesely. 

Haase was thus solely or partly responsible for all three of the points the Netherlands scored over the hosts in Ostrava, and has already brought his winning form to Sofia where he beat wildcard Dimitar Kuzmanov in the first round, 6-2, 6-4.

Both of the 31-year-old Haase’s ATP Tour titles have come on outdoor clay, but he did make the final of an indoor event (Vienna in 2013) and has had wins over the likes of John Isner, Tsonga and Alexander Zverev on indoor hard courts, although in three previous appearances in Sofia he had only won one match.

Haase went an unimpressive 1-3 in January, but his Davis Cup performances on a similar surface to the one at the Sofia Open were strong. 

This will be the first meeting between Medvedev and Haase on hard courts after the two played on grass in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Eastbourne in 2017 (Medvedev winning both times) and on clay in Rome last May, which Haase won: All three meetings have gone three sets. A faster surface should give the advantage to Medvedev, who should be able to play smartly to take time away from Haase, with the Dutch player needing time to set up his big swings, particularly on his forehand side. But Haase is nevertheless a powerful and a dangerous player who is quietly on a three-match winning streak, so nothing should be taken for granted as Medvedev begins his Sofia Open campaign.

Medvedev vs Haase Sofia Open tennis is live from Sofia on 3pm local/1pm GMT

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