The number seven seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia will play Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the second round of the ATP Barcelona Open on Wednesday, April 24. The match is scheduled for 11 am local time (10 am BST), and you can find the Daniil Medvedev v Albert Ramos-Vinolas live streaming options here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Albert Ramos-Vinolas Head to Head
The pair has never played each other before this encounter at the Barcelona Open.
Medvedev, Taking Great Heart from Monte-Carlo
Medvedev had no form on clay to speak of going into Monte-Carlo last week, having won just two of the 13 senior ATP matches he had won on that surface. Yet he completely overturned that form with a run to the semi-finals which included victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, and then the first win of his career against Novak Djokovic.
He did lose in the semi-final to Dusan Lajovic, but those four wins before that would have given him immense confidence after an underwhelming Sunshine Masters performance.
Whilst he will always be happier on a hard court, he may just have persuaded himself he can play on clay, and, another good week in Barcelona could underline that fact.
Ramos-Vinolas, Clay Court Specialist Struggling of Late
By contrast, Ramos-Vinolas would describe himself as a clay court specialist. The world number 91’s one senior ATP title – the 2016 Swedish Open – and all seven of his junior titles all were achieved on that surface.
Despite this, the last three clay court tournaments he has entered have all resulted in early disappointment – losing in the first round in the Challenger event in Antipolis, and again in Marrakech, and then failing to get out of the qualifying tournament in Monte-Carlo.
However, he has done better here – beating Alexi Popyrin of Australia, and compatriot Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in qualifying, and then beating Cameron Norrie of Great Britain with ease in the first round.
Medvedev v Ramos-Vinolas Predictions & Tips
Medvedev is the odds-on favourite to win this match at 11/18, whilst Ramos-Vinolas is priced at 13/8. A week ago the Russian may have been approaching this match with trepidation, but, with his new-found confidence on clay, should win easily enough. A straight-set win beckons for Medvedev in this one.
Tip: Medvedev to win in straight sets: 13/10 (888Sport)