Daniil Medvedev will be gunning for his third successive win of the tournament when he takes on Argentina’s debutant Diego Schwartzman in their third group match of the 2020 ATP Finals. The match is scheduled for Friday, November 19 and will begin at 8 pm local time (3 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Diego Schwartzman match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Diego Schwartzman Head to Head
This has been a one-sided rivalry with Medvedev leading Schwartzman 4-0. They have never played on clay before this, so that might change things around when they meet on that surface but on indoor hard courts, it’s all four sets to Medvedev.
This includes a recent meeting in the quarterfinal of the Paris Masters where Medvedev carved out a 6-3, 6-1 rout of the Argentine.
Medvedev Mauls Number One
If the manner in which Medvedev got the better of Alexander Zverev in his first match was an indication, there was that chance he could surprise the world number one Novak Djokovic in his second round-robin encounter of the tournament.
Medvedev had started off an attractive 4/6 to win at least a set against Djokovic and he went one better. He broke Djokovic twice in the first set to claim it 6-3, and then raced off to a 3-0 lead in the second to all but shut the doors of recovery on his Serbian opponent.
The Russian faced just one break-point in the match – it came in the third game of the second set – but once he had saved that, there was no looking back for Medvedev, who is now on a seven-match winning streak which includes the Paris Masters triumph.
These twin wins is already an improvement from Medvedev’s 0-3 record at the previous season’s ATP Finals, but more vitally it means irrespective of the result of this match against Schwartzman, he will top the group.
Schwartzman Hoping for Consolation Showing
There was some sort of improvement in Schwartzman’s showing in his second group encounter after his 6-3, 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Novak Djokovic but he went down in three sets in what was a must-win encounter for him.
And with that went his chances of qualifying for the semifinals at his maiden appearance at the ATP Finals.
Playing Alexander Zverev, Schwartzman showed glimpses of the kind of spark which had brought him his first showing at this year-ending competition, but that wasn’t enough. In the first set, it was Schwartzman who got the early break of serve to take a 2-1 lead but was broken twice in a row after that to go 2-5 down.
And while he had a couple of chances to break his German opponent when he served for the set, Schwartzman failed to take those opportunities.
In the second, the script was turned on its head when Schwartzman was broken early but returned to break back twice to capture the set. Unfortunately for him, Zverev upped the ante when it really mattered in the final set, getting himself a break in the fifth game before going on to complete the victory.
Schwartzan now faces, arguably the best player of the tournament so far but one who has already qualified at the top of the group. Can he expect bit of a respite from the Russian?
Medvedev v Schwartzman Prediction and Tip
While Medvedev has already qualified for the semifinal, he isn’t one to let go of a chance to continue the winning streak and the momentum leading into the knock-outs. Expect a straight-set victory.
Tip: Medvedev to win in straight sets: 1/2 (bet365)