The number five seed and in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev will play Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday, August 28. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Daniil Medvedev v Hugo Dellien live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Hugo Dellien Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 23 year old Russian and the Bolivian, three years his senior.
Medvedev, A Russian Dark Horse to Win the Title
Medvedev must be considered one of the dark horses for the tournament, after a hugely successful year which has seen him break into the world’s top ten, and then continue to climb. In fact the latest US Open betting odds have Medvedev fourth at 14/1 to win the title.
Having won his 4th ATP title in Sofia in February, he went on to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam, Monte Carlo, and at the Queen’s Club in London. Then, when the tour returned to the hard courts of America, he made three successive finals, in Washington, Montreal and Cincinnati, where he won the Masters event, the biggest tournament victory of his career to date.
His best previous effort here came last year where he reached the third round, but he will be very confident of going further this time, especially after his first round victory over India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran, winning in straight sets without breaking sweat.
Bellien, A Bolivian Clay Court Specialist
For world number 84 Dellien, reaching the second round of a Grand Slam is a major event, and only the second time that he has done it, having achieved a similar feat at Roland Garros earlier this year. That though was on clay, a surface on which he has had almost all his career success – he has won 16 ITF Futures, and five Challenger tour titles on it, the most recent of which came this year, at Santiago in March, and Milan in June.
He is much less proficient when it comes to other surfaces, so it is unexpected that he has got this far, although he owes his place in the second round to good fortune, in part. He took the first two sets against Kwon Soon-woo in their first round match on Monday, but the South Korean had fought back to take the third set, and had edged ahead in the fourth, when he was forced to retire with injury.
Medvedev v Bellien Predictions & Tips
Medvedev is the overwhelming odds-on favourite to win this match at 1/33, whilst Bellien is a rank outsider at 25/1 in what, on paper, is a complete mismatch – one of the best players on hard courts in the world, against a man who rarely performs away from his beloved clay.
Tip: Medvedev to win in three sets: 3/10 (888Sport)