Top seeded Daniil Medvedev will kick-start his preparation for the 2020 French Open with his opening round match against Ugo Humbert at the Hamburg Open 2020. The match will be played on Monday, September 21. The timings of this match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Ugo Humbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Ugo Humbert Head to Head
There have been no previous meetings between Medvedev and Humbert before this.
Medvedev Has Typically Struggled on Clay…
…and that’s if you discount his semifinal run to the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters which saw him defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic before he fell to Dusan Lajovic at the last-four stage.
Other than that, Medvedev’s record on clay has been appalling to say the least. A first round exit at each of the previous three editions, and six first round (or worse) ousters out of the seven appearances in any of the Masters tournaments on clay has meant it’s tough to assume the Monte-Carlo Masters showing as anything other than an anomaly.
That said, there was another ATP 500 competition he played last year, in Barcelona, where Medvedev made the final before going down to Dominic Thiem. Can he take the confidence from that result along with the Monte-Carlo Masters showing as he takes to court for his first clay court match this season?
The confidence from the US Open semifinal appearance is obviously there.
Humbert a Better Hard-Courter Too
Well, the good news for Medvedev is his first round opponent isn’t quite a clay court specialist, which allows the Russian bit of a leeway as he looks to settle down on the surface.
Humbert does have an advantage though. Unlike Medvedev, he has already featured in one clay court tournament following the pandemic break and it came earlier this week at the Rome Masters. The Frenchman won his first two rounds against Kevin Anderson and Fabio Fognini, two very formidable opponents, before getting ended by Denis Shapovalov in the third round.
And even that was a close, three-setter which could have gone either way.
Humbert’s maiden ATP title came earlier this year at the Auckland Open but another indicator how much he loves playing on hard court surfaces can be found from the fact he has clinched eight of his nine ATP titles on hard court surfaces.
In short, Humbert’s only advantage over Medvedev is those three extra matches he played on clay earlier this week and whether that would be enough to get through to the second round remains to be seen.
Medvedev v Humbert Prediction and Tip
Medvedev, rightfully, is a heavy favourite here but is he that rightfully that short at 1/5? We don’t think so. What we think is Humbert could surprise the Russian in the early parts of the match before Medvedev would claw back to complete the win.
Tip: Humbert to win a set – Yes: 6/5 (bet365)