World number three Daniil Medvedev makes a return to the courts as he takes on Spaniard and world number 49 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 5. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Head to Head
Medvedev and Fokina have never played each other before this in a competitive encounter.
Medvedev Hoping to Overcome Clay Aversion
Medvedev is ranked third in the world, has won 10 ATP titles in the last three and something years and reached the final of a couple of Grand Slams as well. But talk about clay and he doesn’t seem to enjoy the conversation so much.
Such has been his record on clay that Medvedev has set himself a rather stunningly low goal for the season on this surface; win one match each at the Madrid Masters, Italian Open and French Open.
The Russian is being realistic too. After all, his record at these three tournaments is a whopping 0-8 over the past four seasons and anything better than that would probably be a job well done.
That first match in Madrid comes against a player who had never won a match at this tournament before this season. Can Medvedev pull off the near-improbable?
Fokina in a Marathon
It took Fokina nearly three hours, three sets and a tie-breaker in each of those three sets for Fokina to get past Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his opening round match.
To be frank, Fokina made things difficult for himself. In the entire match which saw the Spaniard win 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), he had 11 break-points to his opponent’s two and he won just two of them.
In the first, for instance, Fokina got three chances to get past the Herbert serve in the fifth game but didn’t quite succeed. He went on to lose the tie-breaker.
Then he had four more opportunities in the fourth game of the second set but failed to break before edging his opponent out in the tie-breaker to force a third.
And when he rallied from being 1-3 behind to break his opponent twice, it looked like he had the match in his bag only to get broken yet again. Another tie-breaker followed in which he came back from 1-4 down to win six points in a row and pocket the match.
He now faces a world number three struggling to make clay results count.
Medvedev v Fokina Prediction and Tip
It’s interesting to note despite Medvedev’s poor record on clay he starts a favourite here. He is 8/13 to win this and against a player who has an 8-4 record on dirt this season, it is an interesting call.