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Medvedev vs Jarry ATP Barcelona Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev seeks back-to-back clay-court semi-finals

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 25 Apr 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Nicolas Jarry is live from Barcelona on Friday, 26 April from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST
  • First meeting between Medvedev and Jarry
Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev attempts to reach consecutive clay-court semi-finals when he takes on Chilean lucky loser, Nicolas Jarry in the quarter finals of the Barcelona Open on Friday.

Medvedev's clay-court form has undergone a very impressive transformation over the last couple of weeks- the Russian has won just two matches on the surface prior to the Monte Carlo Masters, but he is currently on a 6-1 run on the dirt, reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, and now the quarter finals in Barcelona.

That Monte Carlo run included a fantastic win over Novak Djokovic- his first win over a reigning world No. 1, while he also took out competent clay-courters, Joao Sousa, Radu Albot and Stefanos Tsitsipas in a high-quality week. It could have been better, as he held a 5-1 lead against Dusan Lajovic in the semi-finals, but he lost his way completely, dropping 12 of the next 13 games in a 5-7 1-6 loss.

Undeterred by that disappointment, Medvedev has soldiered on gamely in Barcelona, opening with a 6-3 2-6 6-1 victory over former top-20 star, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, before dismissing American, McKenzie McDonald 6-3 6-2 for his tour-leading 23rd victory of the season to get into the quarter finals. 

After a terrific start to the season, which included a title run in Sofia, a final in Brisbane, semi-final in Rotterdam and a Round of 16 showing at the Australian Open, Medvedev had a quiet spell between Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, but he has regained his form on clay, advancing to a maiden Masters 1000 semi-final in Monte Carlo, and backing it up with another good run on his first visit to Barcelona. His 2019 form has been an extension of his strong finish to 2018, which included title runs in Winston-Salem and Tokyo, and move into the world's top 20. 

Can the world No. 14 continue his impressive run of results by taking down Chilean, Nicolas Jarry on Friday?


Jarry is on one of those fairytale runs- he fell to Marcel Granollers during the qualifying rounds, but sneaked into the draw as a lucky loser- and boy has he made excellent use of his luck!

He has done it the very hard way too! Jarry was reacquainted with Granollers in the first round of the main draw, and earned his revenge with a 7-5 4-6 6-4 victory, before producing two more excellent three-set wins against Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov, coming from a set down to battle past the two most recent Nitto ATP Finals champions in final set tie breaks. That makes it five consecutive three-setters he's played this week, including his two matches in the qualifiers. How much more does he have left in the tank heading into another potentially draining battle against Medvedev?

The 23-year-old Jarry had a fine spell on clay last season, reaching the final in Sao Paolo, semi-finals in Rio, Hamburg and Kitzbuhel, and quarter finals in Estoril and Quito, and that played a significant part in his surge up the rankings. He got as high as 39th in the world, and finished at No. 43, having begun the year outside the top-100.

However, he hadn't had much success in 2019 prior to Barcelona, winning just two tour-level matches all season; ironically both on the hard courts of Doha and Indian Wells. He was 0-3 on clay, dropping opening matches in Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio, while he also failed to cross the first round at the Australian Open, Acapulco and Miami. Now that his fortunes have changed, can the world No. 81 proceed to his second ATP 500 semi-final by taking down Medvedev on Friday?

Jarry is clearly very comfortable on this surface, and when he is playing well, the Chilean is an extremely dangerous opponent, as he has a good serve, and hits powerfully off the ground. However, he has spent so much time on court this week that you feel he's got to run out of steam at some point. That could happen against Medvedev, who will make him play a lot of balls.

I think Jarry is the better clay-court player, but Medvedev has found his way on this surface, and will most likely eke out another win against a tiring opponent on Friday.

Daniil Medvedev vs Nicolas Jarry is live from Barcelona on Friday, 26 April from 12:30pm local time/ 11:30am BST

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Medvedev vs Jarry ATP Barcelona Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev seeks back-to-back clay-court semi-finals

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