Daniil Medvedev of Russia, the number one seed, will play Gilles Simon of France in the quarter-finals of the ATP Open 13 in Marseille on Friday, February 21. The match is scheduled for 7 pm local time (6 pm BST) and you can find the Daniil Medvedev v Gilles Simon live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Gilles Simon Head to Head
The pair have played each other twice before, and Simon has won on each occasion, firstly on the clay of Lyon in 2017, and then on the grass of the Queen’s Club last year.
Medvedev Looking for Last Season’s Form
Having won four titles last year, among them two at Masters events, and reached another five finals, including that of the US Open, where he lost in five sets to Rafael Nadal, Medvedev came into 2020 determined to consolidate his position as one of the “coming men” and ready to challenge for major titles again.
It would be fair to say that the year has not gone according to plan so far.
It began well enough in the ATP Cup, where he helped his country Russia get to the semi-finals before losing to Serbia in the shape of Novak Djokovic. However, at the Australian Open, where he was tipped by many as a potential dark horse to win the championship, he was beaten in the fourth round by a resurgent Stan Wawrinka.
And, last week, in Rotterdam, where he was the number one seed, he was beaten in his first match by the Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
The alarm bells would have been ringing then when the Italian teenager, Jannik Sinner, winner of the Next Gen ATP finals last November in Milan, raced through their first set in just 24 minutes on Thursday. However, Medvedev composed himself, dug deep. and hit back to claim the next two, dropping just three games in the process.
Simon, Twice Winner in Marseille
Now 35, Simon has won the title in Marseille twice, the first time in 2007, and again five years ago. However, it has been 18 months since he won the last of his 14 ATP career titles, and the only final he has reached since then was at the Queen’s Club last June, where he was beaten by the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
Ranked 58 in the world currently, the Frenchman has not had a very auspicious start to the year.
He played one match at the ATP Cup for France, beating Lloyd Harris of South Africa, but was beaten by compatriot Jeremy Chardy in the first round in Adelaide. He then defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in Melbourne, before losing to Nick Kyrgios.
Back in Europe, he then lost in the first round in Montpellier, and, last week in Rotterdam, suffered a second round loss at the hands of the eventual winner, Gael Monfils.
So far in Marseille this week, though, he has enjoyed two straight set victories, over local wildcard Harold Mayot, and then Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia.
Daniil Medvedev v Gilles Simon Predictions & Tips
Despite the fact that Simon has won both of their previous matches, Medvedev will start the favourite on Friday. Not only is he the top ranked player but the Russian is playing on a hard court, a surface on which he normally excels.
Tip: Medvedev to win in straight sets: 4/7 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)