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Medvedev vs Klizan ATP Sofia Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev faces dangerous Klizan in Sofia quarters

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 7 Feb 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Martin Klizan is live from Sofia on Friday, 8 February from 6:00pm local time/ 4:00pm GMT
  • Medvedev defeated Klizan in their only prior meeting in Tokyo last season
Daniil Medvedev. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev continues his Sofia campaign on Friday when he takes on dangerous Slovak, Martin Klizan in the quarter finals.

It has been a very bright start to the year for Medvedev, who opened the season with a runner-up up finish in Brisbane- he defeated former top-ten players Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before losing to Kei Nishikori in a quality week- and backed it up with his best ever Grand Slam performance at the Australian Open. The rising Russian knocked out Lloyd Harris, Ryan Harrison and David Goffin in Melbourne before losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets in the fourth round.

Medvedev was on Davis Cup duty for his country last weekend, battling past Swiss, Henri Laaksonen in three sets to help Russia beat Switzerland in Biel, and take their place in November's Finals.

Following a first-round bye in Sofia, the Russian began his campaign with a second-round victory over Robin Haase, fighting back from the loss of the first set to overcome the Dutchman. Medvedev actually served for the first set, but he dropped three straight games from 4-5 to concede the set. That seemed to jolt him into action, as he dominated the rest of the match, breaking twice in the second and third sets to cruise to a 5-7 6-2 6-2 victory. Medvedev did not face a single break point in the last two sets, and won 23 of 26 first serve points within that period in an emphatic response to falling behind. 

The 22-year-old is seeking his fourth career title, having claimed three trophies in an excellent 2018. Medvedev was champion in Sydney, Winston-Salem and Tokyo last year, while he made semis in Basel and Moscow, as he broke into the top 20 for the first time, finishing the year at No. 16 in the world. He has maintained that form at the start of 2018, and will attempt to reach his second semi-final of the season when he takes on Martin Klizan on Friday.

Martin Klizan. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images)
With six tour-level titles and a career-high ranking of 24, the unpredictable Klizan is the quintessential dangerous floater in these ATP draws, capable of ripping through the field, but lacking the consistency to produce results week-in week-out.

Klizan finished inside the top 50 for three successive seasons between 2014 and 2016, but he fell outside the top 100 at the end of 2017 after struggling with a calf problem in the second half of the year.

The Slovak missed the start of 2018, and dipped as low as 181st at the end of February, but he did an excellent job of battling back to secure a top-50 finish. Klizan won the Kitzbuhel title, beating Dominic Thiem along the way, and made the final in St. Petersburg, taking down Fabio Fognini, Denis Shapovalov and Stan Wawrinka before losing to Thiem in the championship match. He made quarter finals in Barcelona (where he beat Novak Djokovic), and Munich, while he also claimed a Challenger title at Indian Wells.

Klizan opened the new season in Sydney, where he reached the second round, and was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round of the Australian Open. He was also in action for his country in the Davis Cup last weekend, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime before losing to Denis Shapovalov. (Canada won the tie 3-2 to advance to the finals). The world No. 38 has scored consecutive wins for the first time this year in Sofia, beating last year's champion, Mirza Basic and German, Daniel Brands to advance to the quarter finals for the third time in his career, having made the semi-finals in 2016, and the quarter finals in 2017. (He lost to Stan Wawrinka in the second round last season).

Standing between him and a second Sofia semi-final is second seed, Daniil Medvedev, whom he plays for the second time on Friday. Medvedev won their only previous encounter in Tokyo last year. 

Klizan loves these indoor hard courts, as his heavy hitting, especially on the forehand wing, can burn through the conditions and the court, but Medvedev is no slouch on these courts as he also hits the ball big and flat, and claimed an indoor title in Tokyo last year. His 17 match wins on the surface was second best on tour last season. The young Russian is in terrific touch at the moment, and he'll likely edge this one, especially if he serves like he's been doing for pretty much the entire season.

Daniil Medvedev vs Martin Klizan is live from Sofia on Friday, 8 February from 6:00pm local time/ 4:00pm GMT

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Medvedev vs Klizan ATP Sofia Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev faces dangerous Klizan in Sofia quarters

Daniil Medvedev takes on Martin Klizan in the quarter finals of the Sofia Open on Friday. Can the second seed survive the dangerous Slovak? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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