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Medvedev vs Tiafoe US Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

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Daniil Medvedev has yet to drop a set at the US Open (PA Images)

Daniil Medvedev could face his first test of the US Open as he takes on Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round in a rematch of their four-set Australian Open clash.

Medvedev vs Tiafoe is live from New York on Monday 7 September, time TBC

Runner-up at the US Open 12 months ago, Daniil Medvedev has returned as the third seed and so far it’s been plain sailing for the Russian despite the absence of the crowd whose energy fuelled his memorable 2019 run.

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Medvedev hasn’t even come close to losing a set through the first three rounds, but on Monday he should be facing his toughest test yet against the USA’s Frances Tiafoe, who took him to four sets at the Australian Open in January.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Medvedev vs Tiafoe: Head-to-head

Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head with Frances Tiafoe 2-1. The American won their first match in Nice in 2015, but Medvedev has won the two more recent encounters, beating Tiafoe 6-2, 7-5 in Washington, D.C. last summer and in four sets at the Australian Open in January.

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With a fairly smooth draw through the early rounds, Daniil Medvedev’s main challenge in the first week was to get through it without expending too much energy in long matches, to keep his powder dry for the second week. He’s done that: The Russian has dropped an average eight games in each of his matches so far, beating Federico Delbonis, Christopher O’Connell and J.J. Wolf without coming close to dropping a set.

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Now we find out whether Medvedev can raise his level when he needs to – something that fourth-round opponent Tiafoe did to perfection to make the last 16. Having dug out a five-set match against John Millman in the second round, I thought Tiafoe was going to find himself outmatched and outlasted by Marton Fucsovics in the third. Instead, the American played one of his best, most consistently aggressive and disciplined matches to beat the Hungarian 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.

Frances Tiafoe has never won back-to-back US Open matches before this year (PA Images)

Having played nine sets through the first two rounds, Tiafoe was focused throughout the match against Fucsovics, perhaps suggesting that coach Wayne Ferreira’s emphasis on concentration is beginning to pay off. Medvedev, though, will be a tougher nut to crack.

The junkballing, supremely defensively gifted Russian is a hard player to break down at the best of times. In their Australian Open clash, Tiafoe’s best success came when he used his backhand to maneouvre Medvedev off the court, and then transitioned forward boldly to finish off the point; but even then, on what was a poor serving day for Medvedev, it wasn’t a tactic that could get the American more than a set. Tiafoe’s forehand isn’t really stable enough to let him dictate play off that wing, either, not against a player as good at tracking down balls as Medvedev. This will be a big step up in level of opponent for Medvedev – a big step up from the likes of J.J. Wolf; and making that adjustment might well result in Tiafoe taking a set. But this match is the Russian’s to win.

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