2020 Australian Open – Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka on and what time does it start? Monday 27th January, 2020 – not before 04:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka? Partly cloudy, 24c

What channel is Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Daniil Medvedev vs Stan Wawrinka? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Daniil Medvedev and Stan Wawrinka? Daniil Medvedev beat Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

THE LOWDOWN

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev was challenged well by Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the Australian Open but has since fared easier against Pedro Martinez and most recently Alexei Popyrin in straight sets.
  • The Russian world number four has matched his best showing in Melbourne by reaching the round of 16 as he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets here last year.
  • Medvedev beat Stan Wawrinka for the second time in the quarter-finals of the US Open last year in an odd match where both players exhibited signs of exhaustion.

STAN WAWRINKA

  • 34-year-old Stan Wawrinka was a set and 4-1 up against the 19th seed John Isner before the American was forced to retire in a match where both players were not at their fluent best.
  • Wawrinka will be glad of the extra rest after a gruelling five-sets encounter with Andreas Seppi in the second round but the Swiss will need to up his level significantly now.
  • 15th-seed Wawrinka has made the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on four previous occasions, although not since 2017, and famously won the Grand Slam over Rafael Nadal six years ago.

THE PREDICTION

The last match played between these two came in the quarter-finals of the US Open last September in an oddly tense and jaded affair. The frustration levels should be lower in Melbourne, but there is no doubt that Daniil Medvedev’s game blunted Stan Wawrinka at Flushing Meadows last season. Despite a default win to reach the round of 16, he is unlikely to match the energy levels of a fit and firing Medvedev once again, though he could take a set along the way.

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