2019 Cincinnati Masters – Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev taking place? Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason

When is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev on and what time does it start? Monday 12th August, 2019, 18:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev? Expected weather and temperature here

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live va their platform

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev? https://www.wsopen.com/Tickets/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic looked to be pushing his first serve hard in his straight-sets victory over Lucas Pouille in their quarter-final, with six double faults posted but an 89% win percentage on 81% of first serves in.
  • The world number one is clearly pushing his game to the max in preparation for the incoming US Open and has reached the Cincinnati semi-finals for the seventh time, having never lost one here.
  • This match against Daniil Medvedev represents Djokovic’s biggest challenge left in the draw and the Serb leads a 3-1 head-to-head record over the in-form Russian.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • Daniil Medvedev’s hard-court form is still as relentless as ever as he put out Andrey Rublev, the conqueror of Roger Federer in the round of 16, in his customary straight sets to face the reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
  • The 23-year-old won his only title this year on a hard court at the Sofia Open and is making in-roads into the upper echelons of the top 10 as he draws closer to Stefanos Tsitsipas in seventh.
  • World number eight Medvedev was the victor when he last faced Novak Djokovic, in the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters this year, and also took a set off the Serb in a round of 16 loss at the Australian Open back in January.

THE PREDICTION

Reigning Cincinnati Masters champion Novak Djokovic will respect his opponent here as young Daniil Medvedev is on an upwards trajectory into the Tsitsipas, Thiem and Zverev portion of the top 10 players in the world. Medvedev has lost in the finals of his last two tournaments in Washington and Montreal and will be confident of making it third-time lucky if he can get past this, his biggest obstacle left. The Russian has played out an incredible 14 matches in straight sets, with a 12-2 record, but this match will likely break that mould against the best defender ever. Medvedev has beaten Djokovic once already this year, and has shared two matches with the Serb in 2019 that saw a set go each way, and he is ready to put himself on the Grand Slam contenders’ board by knocking out the world number one here.

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