TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open as Daniil Medvedev takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, August 20th, 2021.
Will Pablo Carreno Busta do exactly what he did only a few weeks ago in Tokyo when he beat Daniil Medvedev? Will Daniil Medvedev get revenge for that tough loss and get himself close to another Masters 1000 Final? Both players are extremely talented and have amazing return games on this surface, but only one will make their way to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Cincinnati Open. Who will it be?
Pablo Carreno Busta put on a great performance against the very in form Hubert Hurkacz, beating the Pole in straight sets 7-6/7-6. Pablo Carreno Busta is just showing us that he can keep this level up and he is getting himself to his best as he aims to go far at the US Open at the end of the month as he reached the Semi-Finals there last year. Pablo has a solid serve, and his return game is just so consistent, allowing him to rally for extremely long points and still have energy to keep going. Pablo will take confidence from that win against Hubert and he will have to use all of the momentum and confidence gained now that he meets someone who he knows will be seeking revenge against him here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open in Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev cruised through his Round of 16 match against the in form Grigor Dimitrov, beating the experienced Bulgarian in straight sets 6-3/6-3. There were some amazing rallies throughout the match, but Medvedev is called the octopus for a reason, and that is because he is able to return basically any shot. Daniil Medvedev is in great form at the moment and he is aiming to go for 2 Masters 1000 titles in 2 weeks, but he now meets the last player to beat him in Pablo Carreno Busta here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open, and he will have to be at his best to get revenge for his loss to him at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Daniil Medvedev and Pablo Carreno Busta have met 5 times before, with Daniil Medvedev leading the head to head 3-2. They met 2 times this year, splitting the matches 1-1. Their most recent match was just a few weeks ago in the Quarter-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where Pablo was on top of his game and won in straight sets 6-2/7-6. Since then, Medvedev has raised his level and he is just improving with every match, so I think he will get revenge for that loss. However, I do expect a very tight match here which will give the 2021 Cincinnati Open crowd exactly the entertainment they paid for. Daniil will make his way to the Semi-Finals in a tight match.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to Win.
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