TennisSection previews the 2021 Paris Masters as Daniil Medvedev takes on Hugo Gaston in the quarterfinals on Friday, November 5th, 2021.
Will Daniil Medvedev get the win? Will Hugo Gaston pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have one of the best players in the world taking on a surprise quarterfinalist. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2021 Paris Masters?
Daniil Medvedev got a hard-fought win over Korda to set up a tricky meeting with Hugo Gaston. He dropped the first set, definitely showing signs of tension that we’ve seen in almost all of his matches since lifting the US Open title. However, the fact that he has been able to get through all of them anyway is a true testament to the level that he’s playing at. While Gaston has been playing some inspirational tennis, to upset the Russian for him would be unthinkable. He would have to return really well, on top of being able to hold off Medvedev’s returns, not to mention how he would actually deal with the prolonged rallies and occasional aggression that Medvedev has shown to be fully capable of this week. I expect Medvedev to put on a strong performance to book his spot in the semifinals at the 2021 Paris Masters.
Hugo Gaston pulled off the upset over Alcaraz in a strange match to take on by far his toughest opponent yet in Daniil Medvedev. Gaston took the first set with the support of the crowd and with his very interesting but quirky game. He doesn’t hit with too much pace, but he can spin the ball well and his placement and shot redirection were excellent against Alcaraz. Another thing he did excellently was simply getting every ball back into play, he read Alcaraz well, and that allowed him to just get all the balls back. To do that against Medvedev is a whole different story though. Surprisingly enough, the two play a somewhat similar game, Gaston simply uses a lot more touch and Medvedev has many more weapons, including his serve return and the ability to hit his groundstrokes much harder and flatter. He is also a better player in terms of getting every ball back into the court. Medvedev is a pretty good matchup for Gaston, so it’s hard to see him getting in his way as Medvedev aims to continue his title defense and book a place in the final four at the 2021 Paris Masters.
Daniil Medvedev and Hugo Gaston have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. It’s a fascinating matchup, with both players using an unorthodox style. Gaston isn’t a big guy, and he has to use touch and his accuracy as well as his movement and defensive skills to win matches. Medvedev, on the other hand just has more weapons than him, whilst also being a top tier mover and having the ability to get out of impossible situations as we’ve seen time and time again this week. At times, he hasn’t been 100% mentally in it, but he’s always dug himself out, and with this matchup, If this was any other tournament, I would expect an easy Medvedev win. However, Medvedev has never beaten a Frenchman in Paris before and he will know that he is going to face a tough crowd here. Gaston will ride off of that, and I believe he might rattle Medvedev enough to get a set. It will be tight, but I think the additional experience and success Medvedev has had in 2021 will get him his first win against a Frenchman in Paris. Let’s see if he can defend his title as he attempts to advance to the semifinals at the 2021 Paris Masters.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Daniil Medvedev to win in 3 sets.
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