Medvedev D. vs Kyrgios (By: Stanioooo)
1st round match in Rome between Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios.
Medvedev enjoys very good start of the clay season with some big results in Monte Carlo(SF) beating players like Tsitsipas and Djokovic and in Barcelona where he reached the final lost against Dominic Thiem. In Madrid he had a tough start against Guido Pella and lost in three sets, but maybe he was not 100% fit after so many matches before that. In Rome and Paris I expect some other big runs by Medvedev as he proved he has the game to play excellent on clay.
On the other side is Nick Kyrgios. He is so talented, has the game to beat everyone, when he is in good mood and form, especially on hard courts, but the Australian maintained so many times clay courts are not his favorite as he prefers much faster conditions. Nick also had problems with his knee and it's still not 100% sure if he finally recovered as we know problems in this part of the body can reoccur anytime(personally for me knee problems are the most difficult for full recovery). Nick has only one match on clay during the season and it was in Madrid lost against Struff in straight sets 7:6 6:4. Maybe you heard that he went on the court totally with the mind to exit the tournament as early as possible. He went on the court with something like a shopping bag with a few racquets in it using even his mobile phone during the match. He even used underarm serves and was booed by the Spanish crowd. He made a lot of aces and that's his biggest weapon which can save him together with his forehand, but on clay against Medvedev the problems are expected to come from the beginning of the match.
They don't have any matches H2H, but with the results they have till now during the clay season and the slowly clay courts in Rome, the edge is looking to be totally on Medvedev's side. He is a good returner, excellent in the rallies from the baseline, has the serve to win easy points against Nick and will use his strong backhand looking for Nick's backhand(his main weakness). Aces and the strong forehand is what can save Nick in his serve games and particularly in the match. Struff succeeded to break him twice in Madrid, so Medvedev should be also capable of breaking him at least one or two times.
I expect Daniil to prevail in straight sets, but will go with -2.5 games AH for Medvedev. It has to be covered by the Russian without much problems- the odds are the same in bet365 and pinnacle.
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Medvedev D. vs Kyrgios predictions
|Medvedev -2.5 games AH||Bet365||1.66||10||1-2 LOST (-10 units)|
Medvedev D. vs Kyrgios betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Stanioooo).