Second seed Daniil Medvedev is set to meet the highly talented Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Thursday, July 1. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Carlos Alcaraz match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Carlos Alcaraz Head to Head
Medvedev and Alcaraz have never played each other before this.
Medvedev Avenges Defeat to Struff
Exactly two weeks ago Daniil Medvedev was sent packing in the first round of the Noventi Open in Halle by the big-hitting Jan-Lennard Struff. That defeat was only eclipsed by Roger Federer’s surprise loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the next round.
And before the Wimbledon draw came out, Medvedev was a huge subject of interest on which quarter he was going to land. Once the draw was shuffled, the focus turned to Medvedev’s opponent in the first round.
As fate would have it, the Russian drew Jan-Lennard Struff again. But this time, Medvedev came to the battle prepared, armed and more importantly had studied Struff’s game like a bookworm.
The Russian put a clinic in the first two sets as his extraordinary defensive skills and powerful groundstrokes outmaneuvered Struff from the back of the court. He broke the German in the first game of the match as if to prove his case, then went on to break him three more times in the second set to seize total control.
The German responded by taking the third in which there was just a single break point which he duly converted. Medvedev had to fend off two break points in the 11th game in the second set to take the match into a fourth-set tiebreak.
Medvedev dominated it, finishing off with a lob winner (his 51st winner in the match) to reach the second round for the fourth time.
Alcaraz Outlasts Uchiyama in Five Sets
Carlos Alcaraz outlasted Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in a thrilling five-setter and ensured his Wimbledon debut will be one to remember for some time.
Alcaraz’s 6-3 6-7 6-2 3-6 6-3 win was also incidentally the first grass-court match win of his professional young career. He had never played a competitive match on the surface before Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Spaniard hit an astonishing 65 winners in the match and saved 17 out of 23 breakpoints. He also fought back from a break down in the final set with some clutch serving and decisive groundstrokes.
His injection of pace, in particular, proved telling, as he won the final four games of the match to book his spot in the second round against the second seed.
He is 10-9 for the season at tour level, and will be looking to equal a career-best showing at Grand Slam (reached the third round of Roland Garros in early June).
Medvedev v Alcaraz Prediction and Tip
On grass, the onus is certainly on Medvedev to get the job done which is why he starts as an overwhelming favorite here. Alcaraz is massively inexperienced on this surface, and regardless of his physical condition after his four-hour tussle against Uchiyama, he won’t expect much on Thursday.