Daniil Medvedev faces the first real challenge of his Western & Southern Open in the form of a quarterfinal clash…
Daniil Medvedev faces the first real challenge of his Western & Southern Open in the form of a quarterfinal clash with the tough Roberto Bautista Agut.
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Medvedev vs Bautista Agut is live from Cincinnati on Wednesday 26 August at 1pm local/6pm BST
Despite not having played a tournament since the Open 13 in February, Medvedev is yet to drop a set as he attempts to defend his Cincinnati Masters title in New York – site of his memorable run to the US Open final in 2019.
After straight-sets victories over a pair of qualifiers, Medvedev should find things much tougher against world no. 12 Bautista Agut in Wednesday’s quarterfinals – the Spaniard won their only previous meeting in straight sets.
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Head-to-head
These two have played just once before, in the final of what was then the Chennai Open in 2017 on outdoor hard courts. Bautista Agut won 6-3, 6-4.
Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Preview
Some of the players have commented that the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, where the Western & Southern Open is being played behind closed doors this year, are playing fast, but neither that nor the relocation of the tournament nor the absence of a crowd seems to be bothering defending champion Medvedev so far.
The Russian, who followed a maiden Masters 1000 Series title in Cincinnati last year with a run to the US Open final, made a pretty good start to the year with a semifinal run at the ATP Cup as part of the Russia team before being edged out of the Australian Open in the round of 16 by former champion Stan Wawrinka. He had a lacklustre European indoor season in February, going 1-2, but then as we all know the tennis season was decimated by circumstances nobody expected.
We didn’t see a lot of Medvedev during the shutdown, but he’s looked good on the resumption despite facing two opponents who, thanks to playing through qualifying, had a distinct match-fitness advantage over him. Neither Marcos Giron nor Aljaz Bedene was able to push Medvedev to a third set; Medvedev did not face a single break point against Bedene, and saved all three which Giron created.
It’s about to get a lot tougher. Andy Murray recently named Bautista Agut as one of the most underrated players in men’s tennis, and the Spaniard is a quiet 11-3 in 2020, having won every match he played on Spain’s way to the ATP Cup final in January (they fell to Serbia).
Bautista Agut has rarely excelled at the US Open – his best result was a round-of-16 finish in 2015 – but he made the quarterfinals of three Masters 1000 Series events on North American hard courts last year and is a tenacious competitor. While we shouldn’t necessarily read too much into the fact that he beat Medvedev in their only previous meeting – Medvedev was barely inside the top 100 at the time, and it was a final, the Russian’s first at ATP Tour level – Bautista Agut has beaten Richard Gasquet and Karen Khachanov in ‘Cincinnati’ already and it’s easy to see how his counterpunching baseline game could be a tricky one for Medvedev to break down: Bautista Agut isn’t going to give up huge numbers of unforced errors, although he also doesn’t really have the weapons to punch through Medvedev’s defense.