World number three Daniil Medvedev will take on the fellow Russian and 27th-ranked Aslan Karatsev in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Tuesday, May 11. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Aslan Karatsev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Aslan Karatsev Head to Head
Their only previous meeting at the highest level came in 2014 in Moscow where Karatsev had defeated Medvedev in three sets. This was followed by a match in the Kazan Challenger in 2016 which Karatsev won yet again.
This will be the first time these two will be meeting on clay.
Medvedev Gunning for That One Win
Before the start of the clay swing, Medvedev’s ambitions out of it were realistic. He was looking to register one win at each of the three, Madrid Masters, Rome Masters and the French Open.
He kept the Madrid side of the promise, when he carved out a comeback-from-behind victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the opener but then fell to Cristian Garin in the next match. Again, Medvedev pushed his opponent to a third set.
The Russian now has a greater challenge to ensure he can get himself a victory in Rome as well, given he will be up against a player in the kind of form he is. Medvedev himself has seen too many struggles on clay to count himself as in with any kind of a chance having never made it past round one in Rome.
Can Medvedev keep fighting though, the way he did in Madrid in both his matches?
Karatsev Tames Kecmanovic
Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic is a clay-courter who was expected to trouble Karatsev but in the end, the Russian came through in straight sets to seal his second round berth in Rome in his very first attempt here.
Karatsev needed an hour and 44 minutes to come through, overcoming a break of his serve in the very first game to register a 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory. In fact, that early break was the only time he was broken, and Karatsev faced a mere two further break-points in the match.
What he would be pleased with is the quick turnaround in fortunes following his third round exit at the hands of Alexander Bublik in Madrid. He had earlier beaten Ugo Humbert and Diego Schwartzman in that competition.
Another win here will help Karatsev emulate his best ever showing on the Masters 1000 circuit and for that he has the kind of opponent in front of him whose clay court record is abysmal to the hilt.
Medvedev v Karatsev Prediction and Tip
This is bit of a no-brainer; got to back Karatsev here at 4/6 given Medvedev’s obvious issues on this surface. The other, safer bet is for Medvedev to win a set.