Fifth seed and newly crowned Cincinnati Masters champion Daniil Medvedev of Russia will play India’s highest ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the first round of the 2019 US Open on Monday, August 26. The match will begin at 9.45 pm local time (or 2.45 am BST next day). You can find the Daniil Medvedev v Prajnesh Gunneswaran live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Prajnesh Gunneswaran Head to Head
This will be a first ever meeting between these two players.
Medvedev Tennis’ In-Form Player Heading To US Open
Daniil Medvedev is the equivalent of a willow tree. He can bend but never break. For the past three weeks on the North American hard courts, the tall Russian was the man to beat. Medvedev reached the finals in Washington and Montreal (losing out to an inspired Nick Kyrgios in the former and Rafael Nadal in the latter).
However, the 23-year-old was not to be denied ultimate glory in Cincinnati as he beat World No.1 Novak Djokovic for the second time this year en route to his first Masters 1000 title.
Medvedev will arrive in New York not just to make up the numbers, but with a genuine interest of upsetting the prime candidates for the title. He has won more matches than any player on tour this year (44 match wins) and his consistency has naturally steered him to a career-high ranking of World No.5.
The fifth seed played 18 matches in 20 days during the three weeks of non-stop tennis in Canada and the US, and remarkably showed no signs of mileage or fatigue. The man from Moscow has redefined his game and taken it to the next level in 2019. A title win Sofia and four runner-up finishes are also among the achievements to back up his big success at the Western & Southern Open.
Gunneswaran Out To Deliver The Biggest Shock Of The Round
Prajnesh Gunneswaran is quite easily India’s finest singles player right now. His rise has been much-needed for Indian tennis who are crying out for breakout star on the main tour since the likes of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri have been far from their best.
Bhambri in particular, hasn’t featured on any ATP tournament for a year due to a knee injury while Ramanathan has largely featured at Challenger and ITF events.
Gunneswaran at the age 29, has had notable breakthrough in 2019. He has featured in each of the three Grand Slams before the US Open, making his full debut at the Australian Open in January. He also made his debut at a Masters 1000 event this year at the Indian Wells Masters, beating Benoit Paire and Nikoloz Basilashvili respectively.
The Chennai native nearly quit the game a few years ago due to recurrent stress fractures in his knees before changing his fitness program and giving tennis another shot. Thankfully for Gunneswaran – who played collegiate tennis while at the University of Tennessee – is reaping the benefits of that decision big time.
In the span of 18 months he captured two ATP Challenger titles and broke into the Top 100. Along with the aforementioned big victories against established Top 20 players in the form of Paire and Basilashvili, he also beat Denis Shapovalov last year on his main draw debut at tour-level.
Who is to say this rapidly improving Indian cannot claim one of the biggest shocks of this year’s US Open?
Medvedev v Gunneswaran Predictions & Tips
In fairness, Gunneswaran winning here is a mighty long shot. Medvedev is in the form of his life right now and is probably the safest bet to win the title outside the Big Three. The Russian should have no problems to subdue the World No.89, but I expect Gunneswaran to rack up more games than what the odds suggest.
Tip: Over 27.5 games : 10/11 (888Sport)