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Medvedev vs Ramos-Vinolas ATP Barcelona Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev opens Barcelona campaign against Ramos-Vinolas

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 23 Apr 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas is live from Barcelona on Wednesday, 24 April from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST
  • First meeting between Medvedev and Ramos-Vinolas
Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev makes his Barcelona Open debut on Wednesday when he takes on Spanish left-hander, Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round.

Medvedev is coming off a strong semi-final run in Monte Carlo, where he famously took out Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals for his first ever win over a reigning world No. 1. A fine week also included victories over Joao Sousa, Radu Albot and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but he came unstuck in the semi-finals against Dusan Lajovic, falling 7-5 6-1, despite leading 5-1 in the opening set.

Despite the disappointment of the manner of his exit, it was still an extremely positive week for Medvedev, who showed he can be successful on clay courts after struggling on the surface in previous seasons. Medvedev arrived Monte Carlo with only two clay-court wins to his name, but he produced an impressive transformation last week, and will now look to build on that in Barcelona.

That Monte Carlo performance also snapped a scratchy run of results for the rising Russian. Following on from his excellent 2018, when he claimed three tour-level titles and broke into the world's top 20, Medvedev flew out of the blocks in 2019, reaching the final in Brisbane, the fourth round of the Australia, winning his fourth career title in Sofia, making another semi-final in Rotterdam, but his level dipped after that strong start, as he went 3-3 between Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami. He got back on track in splendid fashion in Monte Carlo, and the world No. 14 will now look to keep that momentum in Barcelona.

First up for the 22-year-old is Spanish former top-20 player, Albert Ramos-Vinolas. 


Ramos-Vinolas needed the qualifiers to get through to the main draw, but he navigated that route safely, scoring straight sets victories over Alexei Popyrin and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the qualifying rounds.

The 31-year-old opened his main draw campaign with a very impressive 6-2 6-2 victory over Great Britain's, Cameron Norrie, dropping just eight points on serve in the brisk 58-minute contest. He was a very impressive 11 of 13 on second serve points, and did not face a single break point all through the match.

Ramos-Vinolas was ranked inside the top 20 in May 2017, and was a top-30 player up until April last season, but he has since tumbled down the rankings, and heads into Barcelona at No. 83 in the world. The Spaniard had a poor second half in 2018, winning just four matches from the start of Wimbledon till the end of the year, suffering 10 opening round losses in the process. That run of results cost him badly, and the trend continued at the start of 2019, as he crashed at the first hurdles in Doha, Sydney and the Australian Open. 

The Spaniard fell as low as 96th on the rankings in February, but he has made small improvements since then, reaching quarter finals in Buenos Aires and Rio, and the third round at Indian Wells and Miami. His first round victory in Barcelona pushed him to 11-11 for the season.

Ramos-Vinolas is competing in the Barcelona main draw for the tenth straight year, with his best results being quarter finals in 2013 and 2017. A third round spot will be on the line when he takes on Daniil Medvedev for the first time on Wednesday.

The Spaniard is a very capable clay-court player, but Medvedev is the man-in-form, and he might have finally cracked the clay code in Monte Carlo. The Russian is a difficult man to beat from the back of the court, as he hangs back and retrieves plenty of balls, while he is also very potent off the serve and off the ground, when he wants to be aggressive. His is an awkward style, but a very effective one.

Daniil Medvedev vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas is live from Barcelona on Wednesday, 24 April from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST

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Medvedev vs Ramos-Vinolas ATP Barcelona Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev opens Barcelona campaign against Ramos-Vinolas

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